General compensation for employees - Understanding your payment

The general damages payments you receive, including any catch-up amounts, are calculated based on a number factors such as changes to your work situation, your daily rate of pay, or whether you have previously received compensation in the form of leave credits.

Changes to your work situation could mean you:

Monetary payments made in March 2021 to employees represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

Bob: Indeterminate employee

Bob was hired by the Canadian Transportation Agency in 2009 as an AS-01 and since January 2020 has been at the AS-07 group and level.

Does Bob receive an automatic lump sum payment? Yes

Will the payout be of the full amount ($2500)? Yes

Justification: Bob is an employee who has been represented by PSAC for the four years covered under the agreement (2016–20).

Max: New indeterminate employee

Max was hired as an IS-03 at Shared Services Canada in February 2020.

Does Max receive an automatic lump-sum payment? Yes

Will the payout be of the full amount ($2500)? No, it will be $500.

Justification: Max is an employee who has been represented by PSAC since February 2020. He is entitled to a lump-sum payment for the final year of the agreement (2019–20) as he worked at least one day during fiscal year 2019–20 in a position represented by PSAC.

Rosa: Student who became an indeterminate employee in March 2018

Rosa has been an indeterminate employee with Transport Canada (TC) at the IS-02 level since March 2018. She was previously a student at the same department from September 2017 to March 2018.

Does Rosa receive an automatic lump-sum payment? Yes

Will the payout be of the full amount ($2500)? No, it will be $1500

Justification: Rosa is a current employee who has been represented by PSAC since 2018. She is entitled to receive a lump-sum payment for fiscal years 2017–18, 2018–19 and 2019–20. She is not eligible for fiscal year 2016–17 because she was a student at that time and was not represented by PSAC.

Élise: On maternity leave

Élise has been an indeterminate PM-06 with Public Services and Procurement Canada since 2009. She went on maternity leave for the first time from January 2018 to January 2019, and a second time from June 2020 to June 2021.

Does Élise receive an automatic lump-sum payment? Yes

Will the payout be of the full amount ($2500)? Yes

Justification: Employees on leave are eligible for compensation under this agreement. Élise has been represented by the PSAC for the four years covered under the agreement (2016–20).

Yves: Moved from a represented position to an EX position

Yves has been an Executive (EX) at Public Services and Procurement Canada since November 2018. Between 2016 and 2018, he was an AS-07.

Does Yves receive an automatic lump-sum payment amount? Yes

Will the payout be of the full amount ($2500)? No, he will receive $1,700 ($1,500 on March 3, 2021 and $200 at a later date).

Justification: Yves is eligible for the maximum lump-sum payment for the years that he was represented by PSAC ($1,000 for 2016–17 and $500 for 2017–18). Since Yves received leave under the 2019 damages agreement for fiscal year 2018–19 as an Executive (EX), he is only entitled to a portion of the $500 for that fiscal year. As he has received leave and his daily rate of pay is more than $300, there is no difference between his daily rate of pay and $300, but he is entitled to $200 for the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreements under the PSAC damages agreement. Yves will receive the $200 portion of his lump-sum payment in Seeptember 2021. Yves is not entitled to any payments for 2019–20 because he was not represented by PSAC.

Youssef: Employee who acted in a position represented by another bargaining agent

Youssef has been working at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat as a PM-02, represented by PSAC, since 2015. During fiscal year 2018–19, he acted in an EC-03 position and was represented by the Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE). Youssef received 1 day of leave under the 2019 damages agreement for this acting period.

Does Youssef receive an automatic lump-sum payment? Yes

Will the payout be of the full amount ($2500)? No, he will get $2,200 ($2,000 on March 3, 2021 and $200 at a later date).

Justification: Youssef will receive a lump-sum payment for the three fiscal years he was represented by PSAC. Since Youssef received leave under the 2019 damages agreement for fiscal year 2018–19 as an employee represented by CAPE, he is only entitled to a portion of the $500 for that fiscal year. As he has received leave, but his daily rate of pay is less than $300, he is eligible for an additional payment for the difference between his daily rate of pay and $300. He is also entitled to $200 for the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreements under the PSAC damages agreement. Youssef will receive the additional payment and the $200 in September 2021.

Marie: Casual employee

Marie is a casual employee for the Department of National Defense.

Does Marie receive an automatic lump-sum payment? No

Will the payout be of the full amount ($2500)? N/A

Justification: Casual employees are not eligible for compensation under the PSAC damages agreement.

Monetary compensation (catch-up payments) for employees who were credited leave under the 2019 damages agreement (Payments to be provided in September 2021)

Melody: Has already received 5 days of leave credits as general compensation.

Melody is an indeterminate CS-01 employee at Employment and Social Development Canada and is represented by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. She was awarded 5 days of leave credits under the 2019 damages agreement.

Does Melody receive:

  • a payment related to the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreements? Yes
  • an additional payment for employees with a daily rate of pay of less than $300? No

Justification: Melody is entitled to a lump-sum payment of $1,000 for the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreements ($400 in 2016–17 and $200 for each of the three other fiscal years of the agreement).

She is not entitled to any additional amounts as her daily rate of pay is more than $300. The $1,000 payment is in addition to the leave credits she already received under the 2019 damages agreement. She cannot exchange these leave credits to receive a larger lump-sum payment.

Brigitte: Unrepresented employee (not represented by any bargaining agent)

Brigitte is an indeterminate employee who has been working for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans since 1992 but, as an employee of the Personnel Administration group (PE), her PE-01 position is unrepresented. Brigitte was awarded 5 days of leave credits under the 2019 damages agreement.

Does Brigitte receive:

  • a payment related to the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreements? No
  • an additional payment for employees with a daily rate of pay was less than $300? Yes

Justification: Brigitte is not entitled to payments related to the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreements, as this portion of the damages agreement is only for unionized employees. However, Brigitte is entitled to receive an additional payment for the difference between her daily rate of pay and $300 for the four years of the agreement (2016–20). This amount is in addition to the 5 days of leave credits she has already received under the 2019 damages agreement. She cannot exchange these leave credits to receive a larger lump-sum payment.

Paul: Left the public service and was later re-hired

Paul worked as a term employee at Parks Canada in a Commerce (C0-01) position from January to August 2020 and received 1 day of leave under the 2019 damages agreement in the summer of 2020. He left the public service when his term contract ended on August 31, 2020. Paul was rehired at Heritage Canada in December 2020 in an indeterminate Commerce (CO-01) position.

Does Paul receive:

  • a payment related to the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreements? Yes
  • An additional payment for employees with a daily rate of pay was less than $300? Yes

Justification: Paul will be entitled to $200 for fiscal year 2019–20 for the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreements because he was covered by the 2019 damages agreement and received a day of leave while working in the CO-01 position at Parks Canada. He is also entitled to an additional payment that covers the difference of his daily rate of pay and $300 for this same time period. This amount is in addition to the one day of leave he has already received under the 2019 damages agreement. He cannot exchange this leave credit to receive a larger lump-sum payment. As he was not on strengthFootnote * in a position or organization covered by the 2019 damages agreement on October 23, 2020, he will have to submit a claim to receive his payment once a claims process is available.

Loretta: Received 2 days of leave due to a short-term acting position

Loretta has worked at Indigenous Services Canada in an indeterminate Administrative Services (AS-07) position since 2011. She received 2 days of leave under the 2019 damages agreement due to a short-term EX acting position from May to June in 2016–17.

Does Loretta receive:

  • a payment related to the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreements? Yes
  • an additional payment for employees with a daily rate of pay was less than $300? No

Justification: Although Loretta received 2 days of leave credits for her EX acting, she is also entitled to a payment of $400 for the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreements since she worked a portion of the 2016–17 year in her substantive AS-07 position. As her daily rate of pay is more than $300 in her substantive AS-07 position, she is not entitled to any additional payments.

Simon: Has a daily rate of pay between $290 and $300

Simon has been working for the Department of National Defence since 2005 and is covered by the 2019 damages agreement. His daily rate of pay on October 23, 2020 in an EC-02 position was $293.

Does Simon receive:

  • a payment related to the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreements? Yes
  • an additional payment for employees with a daily rate of pay was less than $300? No

Justification: Simon is entitled to a lump-sum payment of $1,000 for the late implementation of the 2014 collective agreements ($400 in 2016–17 and $200 for each of the three other fiscal years of the agreement). He is not entitled to an additional payment because the difference between his daily rate of pay ($293) and $300 is less than $10. The terms of the memorandum of agreement state that employees are entitled to additional payments if their daily rate of pay was less than $300 and the difference exceeds $10 for each fiscal year of the agreement.

If you have questions about your payment amount, please contact your HR specialist or Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Client Contact Centre for more information.

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