After nearly 3 years of working from home due to the pandemic, the Treasury Board and some public sector employers are implementing plans to return to the workplace.
For our members working for the federal government, the Treasury Board has announced their plan to roll out a one-size-fits-all approach to return federal public servants to their offices for 2-3 days per week starting in January 2023. This news comes despite previous commitments to continue consulting with unions and implement tailored plans for each department.
Regardless of who your employer is, PIPSC is working to ensure all plans to return our members to their workplaces follow these core principles.
Your employer’s return to workplace plan should be:
- Safe. While many restrictions have been relaxed, COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. It’s the employer’s responsibility to prioritize your health and safety at work. Members returning to their workplaces must have the rules and tools needed to keep them healthy and safe.
- Flexible. Most PIPSC members don’t want to return to the workplace full-time. We have proven that we can be equally productive working remotely. The flexibility to work remotely is critical to many who have care responsibilities, different working styles, and other reasons.
- Fair. Hybrid and telework arrangements must be provided equitably, respect member preferences, and be approved without bias or unreasonable criteria. Accessibility and accommodations need to be considered. Our group executives and consultation teams are working to ensure the unique challenges of your job are considered in the plans being developed by the Treasury Board and other employers.
Any formal return to workplace policies must be provided in writing, and need to clearly articulate expectations. They must also define the procedures for accommodation requests.
While employers have the legal right to require employee presence in the workplace, PIPSC is advocating for return to workplace policies that meet our core principles. We are here to support members who would like to request an accommodation or file a grievance.
Please see our frequently asked questions for more information. If you have questions or concerns about your specific circumstances, please contact a steward.