Senate Approves SERP Resolution

first_img Piloting the Resolution, Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said of the 829 applications received, a total of 430 have so far been approved. Special incentives have been included in the programme, such as two weeks’ salary for each year of service up to a maximum of one year’s salary and payment for accumulated vacation leave. The Senate on Friday (March 23) approved the Pensions Public Service Special Early Retirement Programme Order 2018 Resolution. The Senate on Friday (March 23) approved the Pensions Public Service Special Early Retirement Programme Order 2018 Resolution.The Special Early Retirement Programme (SERP) is a voluntary separation initiative that allows public sector employees, aged 50 to 59, under the non-contributory Government pension scheme, to take up early retirement through an incentivised package.Special incentives have been included in the programme, such as two weeks’ salary for each year of service up to a maximum of one year’s salary and payment for accumulated vacation leave.The SERP, which is being undertaken through the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, was opened on January 2, 2018.Piloting the Resolution, Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said of the 829 applications received, a total of 430 have so far been approved.“I would like to remind members that the programme has a dual process for consideration of applications. First, it goes to the Permanent Secretary to ensure that there is an impact assessment in respect of the relevant Ministry, Department or Agency. Where it is not a Ministry that is being impacted, the Permanent Secretary is to consult with the management or leadership of theparticular agencies in order to ensure that approval of the person’s application will not result in a prejudicial impact on the functions of the organisation,” she explained.Senator Johnson Smith said the process continues for the remaining applications.She pointed out that the effective date for persons who are approved will be May 1, for their retirement to actually take place.Senator Johnson Smith said although the target of 1,600 was not attained, “829 is not a bad record to have achieved.”She expressed gratitude to the persons who have been integral to the process, including Permanent Secretaries and the staff at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.Responding to questions posed by Opposition Senator, Lambert Brown, regarding the demographics and category of applicants, Senator Johnson Smith said a report is expected to be presented once completed.The SERP was offered in light of the recently passed Pensions (Public Service) Act 2017, which adjusts the terms under which public sector workers will retire.The new Act will gradually increase the retirement age from 60 to 65 years; facilitate mandatory contributions by all pensionable officers towards their pension; and harmonise the legislation governing public sector pensions in a single statute. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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NDP MP asks Harper to take responsibility for Aboriginal Affairs minister Valcourt

first_imgAPTN National NewsNDP MP Linda Duncan is supporting calls for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to remove Bernard Valcourt’s from his Aboriginal Affairs office.In a release sent out late Wednesday, Duncan said she supports Treaty 8 chief’s calls for Valcourt to be removed.“The Treaty 8 First Nations are asking for the Prime Minister to remove Valcourt from his portfolio after a March 20 meeting where Valcourt made allegations based on unreleased RCMP information about missing and murdered Aboriginal women,” said the MP for Edmonton-Strathcona and former Aboriginal Affairs critic.Valcourt and the RCMP have been at odds since he told chiefs at the Alberta meeting recently that 70 per cent of Aboriginal women were killed by Aboriginal men. According to chiefs at the meeting, Valcourt was quoting information that was not part of the RCMP’s report released in May of last year.A spokesperson for Valcourt’s office said the information would be released in “due course.”The RCMP said Tuesday it will be releasing a second report on murdered and missing Indigenous women in May.The new report, however, will not include “statistics on the ethnicity of the perpetrators of solved Aboriginal women homicides,” said an RCMP spokesperson.Duncan asked in Question Period whether the prime minister would take “responsibility for his minister?”Valcourt answered by saying that his meetings in Western Canada were productive.last_img read more

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