Entitlement to Land Duty Allowance (LDA) for members assigned to an internal task

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Entitlement to Land Duty Allowance (LDA) for members assigned to an internal task

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Description

CBI 205.33(6) stipulates that members who belong to a field unit and who are attach posted in excess of six months to a unit that is not a field unit lose their right to the LDA.

The Valcartier chain of command questioned whether a member belonging to a field unit would lose his/her right to receive the LDA if he/she worked on a task for over six months in a unit that is not identified as a field unit.

Commanding officers have a number of methods for assigning their members temporarily, including attached posting, position change, temporary duty, and internal tasks. After examining the difference between attached posting and assignment to an internal task, the Board concluded that one is not the same as the other and that CBI 205.33(6) only applies to attached postings; it does not eliminate LDA eligibility for members who are simply assigned to an internal task from one unit to another.

Recommendation

The Board recommended that the CDS order that eligibility for the LDA for members at Valcartier who belong to a field unit and who worked on an internal task for more than six months in a unit other than a field unit be reviewed from 1 April 2007 onward in order to restore their entitlement to the LDA.

Final Authority Decision

The CDS agreed with the Board's systemic recommendation. Consequently, as part of his decision on the grievance, he ordered that eligibility for the LDA for members from the Valcartier base who belong to a field unit, who worked on an international task for more than six month in another unit, be reviewed from 1 April 07 onward in order to restore their entitlement to the LDA.

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