Overpayments during the COVID-19 pandemic
In light of the current pandemic situation, the Pay Centre is temporarily suspending the overpayment recovery plans for all new overpayments that, effective March 23, 2020, meet the criteria for repayment. This operational measure will allow the Pay Centre to prioritize pay transactions to employees.
The Pay Centre will continue informing employees of any new overpayments and employees can still choose to repay their new overpayment in the manner that best meets their situation by advising the Pay Centre.
While the recovery of overpayments that fall under the flexibilities outlined in the Information Bulletin: Additional Flexibilities with regards to the recovery overpayments, Emergency Salary Advances and priority payments will be suspended until further notice, it is important to note that the recovery of overpayments will continue for the recoveries of amounts owing arising from routine pay transactions, which include, but are not limited to the following:
- Overpayments of less than 10% of an employee’s gross bi-weekly pay
- Periods of leave without pay of 5 days or less
- Overdrawn leave (vacation/sick) upon termination of employment (for reasons other than incapacity/illness and layoff)
- Cancellation of a leave with income averaging agreement by the employee, where the leave has been taken
- Amounts advanced on behalf of employees for union dues
- Maternity/parental allowance, where the employee has not fulfilled their obligation as set out in their collective agreement or terms and conditions of employment
- Amounts owed to public service health insurance plans, pension, supplementary death benefit or disability/long-term disability due to periods of leave without pay
The recovery will also continue for overpayments associated with the termination of employment, end of term or casual contracts without further extension or renewal (from first available funds).
Note that the recovery plan will continue for employees who already have repayment plans in place as agreed upon. However, these plans can be modified should employees experience financial hardship; employees in such positions should contact the PSPC Client Contact Centre at 1-855-686-4729.
Employees that have an overpayment recovery issue should also contact the Client Contact Centre.
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