Message from Bill Kroll, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Management Sector
Update # 12: April 6 – New online resource to keep you informed as you stay home and stay safe
As a new week begins, everyone is reminded of the expectation to work remotely (from home), unless it is absolutely critical. For those of us not performing critical work, we should be staying home – this is our collective obligation and the advice of public health officials. We are, in fact, staying home to save lives.
We know this requirement creates challenges and continues to raise questions. This is why we are launching a new online “evergreen” online resource called Your Questions Answered (housed on the Justice Canada COVID-19 employee webpage) to help address questions we’re hearing from staff across the country.
In this new section, you will find answers to questions on various topics, such as access to Justice buildings, how to use the 699 leave code, teleworking tools (including Microsoft Teams), and network access. We will update this section regularly, so please check back often.
Staying home and out of the office
However, our most important message today is to ask Justice staff to stay home and out of the office unless you are a critical worker. This is about more than your own health. By staying home, you are helping protect the health and safety of our commissionaires, our building cleaners and our critical staff. This, in turn, protects their families and our entire community.
To this end, we have put in place a process to ensure that access to our various offices is kept to a minimum.
Employees in National Capital Region: For all employees who work in Justice buildings in the National Capital Region (East Memorial Building, St. Andrew’s Tower, 50 O’Connor Street and 99 Bank Street), the following process must be followed.
- If you would like to access any of these buildings, you must have the approval of your manager and follow the direction already provided by your Director General or Assistant Deputy Minister.
- Managers will provide names to Management Sector (through their Directors of Business Management) of those employees who are required to come in to the building. More detailed instructions will be sent to managers and DBMs.
- If an employee accesses the building but is not on this list, their manager will be contacted for more information and follow up.
Departmental Legal Services Units: For those working in Departmental Legal Services Units hosted in other departments’ buildings, please follow the process for your specific building.
Regional Offices: For questions about spaces occupied by Justice employees outside of the NCR, please contact your regional accommodations and security contact.
We understand that many of you may want to access the building for personal or professional reasons. Please know that this effort to limit access is being done to protect the health and safety of all of us and to heed the advice of local, regional and federal public health authorities.
This is a good time to remind you that your managers are here for you. Talk to them about your needs and questions. If they don’t have the answers, they will track them down for you.
Stay connected, stay informed and reach out for support if you need it. And remember, it is our job right now to stay home.
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