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Return to work program at Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans has recently completed work on a Return to Work Program document which serves as a condensed version of a Handbook recently published by the Treasury Board Secretariat. The objective of this document is to provide managers with the appropriate information and tools required to support their employees recovering from illness or injury to resume productive work as soon as their health permits.

This document and supporting information may also be helpful for employees who are transitioning back into the workplace.

Included on the DFO Intranet site link below are guides, process documents, templates and hyperlinks to other reference material which may be useful to managers and employees:

http://intra.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/hr-rh/relations/work-travail/work-travail-eng.asp

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Important Links to DFO’s Work Force Management and Work Force Adjustment

Tool Box:

http://intra.ent.dfo-mpo.ca/NCR/HRCS/HR/WorkforceManagement/Home

Employee Guide:

http://intra.ent.dfo-mpo.ca/folios/00874/docs/eg-ge-eng.doc

 

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WorkForce Adjustment and the Alternation Option for Employees:

There are several options for employees affected by the WorkForce Adjustment Directive.  One of those options is Alternation which is a job trade arrangement that occurs when an opting employee who wishes to remain in the core public administration exchanges positions with a non-affected employee (the alternate) who wants to leave the Public Service.

Some conditions must first be met before a job trade can be considered, such as both employees must work at the same group and level. As well, difference in salary range can be no greater than 6%, and the Deputy Minister must approve alternations where the salary range difference is between 4% – 6%. Any job trade is also subject to a number of levels of approvals.

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Why You Should Give Thanks to the Labor Movement

The information below has been borrowed (and altered in some places) from an article by Donna Ballman , “Give Thanks To The Labor Movement”, Posted Oct 7th 2011 @ 8:35AM

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Ever wonder why you have a 5 day work week? You can thank the fights of the unions for the benefits you enjoy today as a worker.

There was a time during your grandparents’ lifetime that life was much harder. What we take for granted now was not so back then. A work day was long. Fourteen hours was quite common then and there were no breaks. If you had to use the restroom your pay was docked a nickel (an hours’ wages). Weeks were six work days with Sunday off.

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History of Unions in Canada

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Treasury Board plans job-swap site for public servants to ease cuts

Taken from an article printed in the Ottawa Citizen on March 6th

The Ottawa Citizen printed an article on Treasury Board’s plans for an online ‘jobs marketplace’ to allow job swaps between public servants facing layoffs and those who aren’t as part of departments’ strategy to manage spending cuts in the March 29 federal budget.

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Anger Management is Essential for Career Success

Without doubt, one of the greatest impediments to career success is anger.  The source of the anger can be anything from lack of restraint or self-control to being overly sensitive/suspicious to lack of self-esteem.   Other factors may contribute as well but, regardless, anger must be controlled and managed or there will be consequences.  The following information is intended to be helpful but people who are inclined to reacting emotionally either in writing or verbally (especially at the workplace) should definitely consider anger contacting EAP or VICR in order to get professional advice and training.

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Grief

“Grief”, written by Barrie Davenport on January 3, 2012 in health, life coaching, self improvement
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The big losses, like death and divorce, serve up enough platefuls of grief to keep you reeling for months or years. But even less dramatic life events and changes can feel like profound loss and cause us plenty of pain and heartache.  These are some of them:

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Jack Layton’s Passing

Jack Layton’s passing was a great loss not only to union and social activists but to the world.  The Prime Minister approved a State Funeral for good reason and it was a well-deserved honor for Mr. Layton’s family.  His voice of reason in Parliament will be sadly missed and his tireless crusade for social causes will leave a void to be filled.

Watching the funeral on television with tears flowing freely, it was apparent that we not only lost a great leader with intelligence, charisma and charm but we lost a free spirit.  That was the greater loss from my perspective.

 

Rotha Lennox