Forward Regulatory Plan: 2019 to 2021: amending the Public Service Superannuation Regulations (pensionable service status of periods of absence without pay)

Title or working title of regulatory initiative

Amending the Public Service Superannuation Regulations (pensionable service status of periods of absence without pay)

Enabling act(s)

Public Service Superannuation Act

Description

Amendments to the Public Service Superannuation Regulations (PSSR) (pensionable service status of periods of absence without pay) are required as current provisions dealing with contributions owing by a pension plan contributor for periods of leave without pay are not completely aligned with the enabling legislation. Recent amendments to the Canada Labour Code and Employment Insurance legislation extend the circumstances where it is mandatory to provide employees with leave of absence without pay and with the same benefits as other employees during that period. Of note, these changes extend the period for maternity and parental benefits, and create new periods of compassionate care leave to look after a family member who is gravely ill.

Key objective(s)

To amend the existing provisions to ensure the recognition of the new periods of mandatory leave.

This regulatory initiative is associated with the department’s Regulatory Stock Review Plan: 2019 to 2029.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

Regulatory cooperation is not required as this initiative is internal to the management of the public service pension plan.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There are no expected impacts on Canadians, including businesses, as they relate to the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s role as an employer.

Consultations

Consultations may be held with the Public Service Pension Advisory Committee, comprised of employer, employee and retiree representatives.

Public consultations are not applicable as this issue is internal to the management of the public service pension plan and seeks alignment with legislation applicable to all Canadian employers and employees.

Links to additional information

Departmental contact information

Deborah Elder
Senior Director, Pensions and Benefits Sector
Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer
613-907-7819
Deborah.Elder@tbs-sct.gc.ca

This regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan: 2018-2020

For more information

Consult the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s acts and regulations web page for:

  • a list of acts and regulations administered by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • further information on the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s implementation of government-wide regulatory management initiatives

Consult the following for links to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for information on government-wide regulatory initiatives implemented by departments and agencies across the Government of Canada:

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