Message from Bill Kroll, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Management Sector
Update # 6: March 23 - Adapting with People in Mind
As we work together to respond to this unprecedented situation, I want you to know that we are also taking steps to ensure that our core business continues. Justice employees remain our top priority, so we are paying particular attention to human resources. We are making adjustments that should assist all staff.
Changes to HR Deadlines
We recognize that both employees and managers are experiencing some challenges connecting with people, as well as technology. As such, some standard HR deadlines will be extended.
Performance Management Reviews
The deadline to complete year-end performance reviews is moved to May 31, 2020 (from the regular date of March 31), with two important exceptions:
- LP-01 to LP-03 employees: In order to process performance pay in time to meet the timeline mandated by the LP Collective Agreement, managers will need to submit employee ratings only to their respective Branch Management Director before the end of day April 21, 2020. More details will be sent through the Directors of Business Management Network.
- Senior Cadres (EX and LC) and Senior Excluded and Unrepresented Managers and Specialists: New timelines for the year-end process will be communicated as soon as possible.
Leave Approvals for Fiscal 2019-2020
The deadline to submit and approve leave requests for the 2019-2010 fiscal year in PeopleSoft has been extended to May 8, 2020.
By May 8, 2020, employees should have submitted all their leave transactions for 2019-20 and all managers should ensure no leave pending or unapproved leave requests remain in the system.
More information will be added to the Guidelines and Resources section on the Justice Canada COVID-19 website for staff in the coming days.
Note: Please do not log on to remote access to enter leave right now as we want to keep the network available for more critical work. We are working to increase the capacity of the network and will communicate later when leave can be entered.
We will keep you informed about any further HR changes as the situation evolves.
Facing Challenging Times Together
The efforts we make in the coming days and weeks—staying at home and practising social distancing—will take time to show their impact. It is critical that we follow the advice of authoritative health and emergency officials in order to flatten the curve and help reduce the burden on our health care system.
We know that this situation is changing rapidly, with new measures being put in place at different stages in each region across the country.
Today, we saw some provincial developments around closures of non-essential businesses. Working with our various partners, we are here to support you as things change in your provinces of work and residence.
We know that we can get through this challenging time by working together—as colleagues, as neighbours, and as friends. Thank you again for your tremendous work.
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