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September 16, 2013
  Under what circumstances do Parts I to VI of the WFAA apply and what happens in these circumstances? Parts I to VI of the WFAA apply when there is: A lack of work The discontinuance of a function The relocation of a work unit The closure of an office or work location(s) Parts I to VI can apply to individuals or to a whole group or work unit.
September 16, 2013
  Departments and organizations must:
September 16, 2013
  The Work Force Adjustment Appendix is organized around key decision points. Some parts may apply to your work force adjustment situation. Other parts might not. The following approach elaborates key considerations. There are many other rights spelled out in the WFAA so it’s important to read it carefully. Once the employer decides that a person or a group of people will be work force adjusted the three most important overall questions that have to be asked are:
September 16, 2013
Article 1.1.3 of the WFAA states that, “Departments or organizations shall establish Work Force Adjustment Committees, where appropriate, to manage work force adjustment situations within the department or organization.” Work Force Adjustment Committees help us ensure the employer is meeting its obligations to workers who may be or will be work force adjusted.
September 16, 2013
A new federal law restricts the substance and application of pay equity in the public sector – making it more difficult for women to receive equal pay for work of equal value. The Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act is set to be implemented in the fall of 2013 and will compromise pay equity.
September 13, 2013
In addition to having the right to refuse dangerous work under Part II of the Code, a worker who is pregnant or nursing can cease, for a very short period, to perform her job with full pay and benefits if she believes that continuing any of her current job functions could pose a risk to her health or that of the foetus or child (s.132(1)). The worker must consult with a qualified medical practitioner of her choice as soon as possible to establish whether there is a risk (s.132(2)).
September 13, 2013
The Canada Labour Code gives employees the right to refuse dangerous work. Here are some guidelines:
September 13, 2013
“Danger” includes any existing or potential hazard or condition or any current or future activity that could reasonably be expected to cause injury or illness to a person. Two key concepts are: “potential hazard or condition” and “any current or future activity”. However there has to be a reasonable expectation of an injury or illness before the hazard or condition can be corrected, or the activity altered, or before workers can exercise their right to refuse unsafe work (s.122(1)).  
September 13, 2013
Section 122(2) establishes the concept of “Hierarchy of Controls” when dealing with health and safety controls in the workplace. Not all workplace controls are equal. Those controls which focus on the source of the hazard – elimination, substitution or isolation of the hazard – are generally the most effective means of preventing and controlling worker exposure. Where possible, controls at the source should be a union priority.
September 13, 2013
The Joint Workplace Health and Safety Committee is to be involved in all investigations, and these will include accident/injury investigations, and similarly a Health and Safety Representative will be involved in all investigations, including accident/injury investigations. The Co-chairs of the Workplace Committee will appoint the member or members of the Committee that shall participate in such investigations.

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