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Duty to Accommodate

RETURN-TO-WORK SITUATIONS WHERE THE EMPLOYEE HAS REQUESTED RELOCATION

In return-to-work situations, it is important to note that the obligation to accommodate is neither unlimited nor one sided.

An employer is able to terminate based on undue hardship. Nevertheless, the responsibility for the employer to create and maintain a respectful workplace remains, and a return-to-work must be accommodated as far as reasonably possible.

Employees cannot insist that they be removed from the department and appointed to a substantive position in another department but they can insist that the hardships they faced – which forced them to leave their work or which are forcing them to contemplate “flight” – are resolved by the employer.

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New Joint Learning Program workshop on mental health in the workplace

The Joint Learning Program (JLP) announces that a new workshop on Mental Health in the Workplace is now available to union members and their managers of the core public administration.

• Request a workshop in your workplace

This workshop reflects the joint commitment of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the other participating unions to build awareness about mental health. It recognizes that inclusive and healthy workplaces require proactive approaches that engage all members of the workforce. This workshop is one of seven joint learning initiatives to improve workplace relations.

The purpose of this two-day workshop is to raise awareness about mental health in the workplace and to equip individual employees with the knowledge and skills they need to proactively and effectively support a psychologically safe and healthy workplace.

A one-day agenda is also available. The purpose of this one-day workshop is to raise awareness about mental health in the workplace and the factors required to effectively support a psychologically safe and healthy workplace

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Message from the President – June 23, 2014

The Public Service Commission of Canada includes an investigations unit and the following website links will describe the functions that are performed therein:

http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/inv-enq/index-eng.htm

Example of founded complaint:  Plagiarism

http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/inv-enq/sum-res/sec-art69/10-11-03-eng.htm

The plagiarism allegation that was founded is important because it is common for an examination candidate to copy and paste from a website that says exactly the answer that the potential Employer may be seeking.  In some circumstances, that may be allowable but read the pre-exam instructions clearly and, when in doubt, at a minimum, quote the source of the information that you provide and make it clear that you are not the author and that you are quoting an internet article – include the link.  Leave no opening for anyone to accuse you of plagiarism (claiming another author’s work as your own). 

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Ask a Life Coach: Stress

Dear Jackie Lee

I have a lot of stress in my life right now and I am using a lot of my sick days because of it.  I am going through a nasty divorce and I come to work and my manager is constantly yelling at me or putting me down.  I just can’t take much more and feel like something is about to give.  I know I’m on the verge of a breakdown and don’t know what to do.

M.J.

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Ask a Lifecoach: Office Romances

Over the last few months I have received many questions regarding office romances.  I have decided to answer all of them in one posting.  I myself feel that office romance is never a good thing and although there have been some exceptions to the rule, for the most part it ends up causing workplace friction, rumours and a whole lot of tension after all is said and done.

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Guideline on Protective Footwear

Here is the policy on protective footwear for your information:

http://intra.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/ss/documents/ohs/Guideline_Protective_Footwear.pdf

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Ask a Life Coach: Building Rapport

Question:

I have a new Director and I have been trying to build a rapport with them (I am their admin support). It’s proving to be much more difficult than I ever expected. Sometimes my Director won’t talk to me at all – all day. They rarely even say good morning. With this silence comes ahuge lack of communication. It’s making it very hard, sometimes next to impossible, for me to domy job or answer questions because I am completely unaware of many things. Like when theyplan to take vacation.

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Q’s and A’s Information Session on Proposed PSAC Collective Agreements

November 1, 2010 at 12:00 – 1:00pm in Room 12E208 (200 Kent Street)