Departments and organizations must:
- Consult with the union as soon as possible.
- Maximize employment opportunities for indeterminate employees.
- When possible, provide alternative employment opportunities and give employees every “reasonable opportunity” to continue their careers in the public service.
- Make sure employees are treated equitably.
- Establish joint Work Force Adjustment Committees.
- Review the use of private temporary agency personnel, consultants, contractors, term employees and all other non-indeterminate employees and where practicable not re-engage them when it will facilitate the appointment of surplus or laid off persons.
- Identify situations where retraining can help workers continue their careers in the public service.
- Advise employees in writing about their status and any change to it.
- Actively cooperate with the Public Service Commission and other departments/ organizations. Interdepartmental cooperation is essential to maximize employment opportunities, although an organization’s first priority is to find jobs for workers in-house.
Additional employer obligations can be found in Part I of the WFAA.
September 16, 2013