Pre-retirement transition leave

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Pre-retirement transition leave

Pre-retirement transition leave is a special working arrangement where if you are within two years of retirement, you may request to have your workweek reduced by up to 40% or up to two out of the five working days. You may wish to visit the Government of Canada Pension Centre site to find additional information on preparing for retirement or Appendix C of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements. Employees may take pre-retirement transition leave for up to two years, but must agree to resign at the end of the leave period.

Eligibility

Appendix C of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements provides the conditions that must be met before your request can be approved. Contact your manager or human resources for clarification on any questions you may have.

Before approving the request, your manager will need to assess the operational impacts before allowing the two year working arrangement. Refer to Appendix C of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements for additional information.

Apply for leave

Submit an application for pre-retirement transition leave (accessible only on the Government of Canada network) to your manager for approval after you have read Appendix C of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements. In order to allow sufficient time for your pay to accurately reflect the special working arrangement, your application should be submitted to your manager as early on in the process as possible.

Notifying the Pay Centre

Your manager will provide the approved pre-retirement transition leave application to the Pay Centre under cover of a pay action request form.

On receipt of notification that you are proceeding on a pre-retirement transition leave special working arrangement, the Pay Centre will forward you a letter outlining the effects of the special working arrangement on your employment. Action will be taken to adjust your pay at this time, or if the notification is received in advance, a bring forward will be prepared to process the action at the appropriate time.

Effect on employment status

Your employment status, either full-time or part-time, will remain unchanged during the working arrangement and you remain covered by your Collective Agreement and/or Terms and Conditions of Employment. Refer to Appendix C of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements for additional information.

Pay and other benefits

Your pay will be adjusted to reflect the shorter workweek, however, pension and benefits coverage and the corresponding premiums and contributions would continue at the pre-arrangement levels. Refer to Appendix C of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements for additional information.

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