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OPS Table Talk 2015 Issue 29 – Flexible Part-Time MAG Staff Questions & Answers

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The following is applicable only to those employees in the Ministry of the Attorney General: Court Services Division that are currently classified as FPT 1000 or FPT 1500 hour categories.

The flexible part-time model. What does this mean?

Appendix 32 has been expanded to include the job functions of a Court and Client Representative or Court and Client Representative – Records Management and allow those positions to be structured as flexible part-time positions. FPT positions shall have no adverse impact on full- time regular staff.

I am currently a full-time CCR or CCR-RM. Will A1 change my hours of work or working conditions?

No. There will be no impact to current working conditions of CCR or CCR-RM employees.

When do the changes proposed in Appendix 32 come into effect?

If ratified, the changes to Appendix 32 will be effective January 04, 2016.

Has the calculation of my hours changed?

Yes. Effective January 04, 2016, hours of work will be calculated on a bi- weekly basis as opposed to the current calculation on a weekly basis.

Have there been changes to the primary assignment of work?

Yes. Employees will now primarily perform work in accordance with their job specification as opposed to strictly in the courtroom. The majority of employee positions are based on in-court work (ie: court reporter or courtroom clerk). However, with the addition of the Court and Client Representative, and Court and Client Representative – Records Management positions, this may include work both inside and outside the courtroom. This does not interfere with the ability to be assigned work that supports the overall administration of the courts to those employees to meet their bi-/weekly category hours.

I am currently an FPT 1000 hour employee. Will my annual hour category change?

Yes. Effective January 04, 2016, the FPT 1000 hour category will increase by 96 hours annually to FPT 1096 hours. Employees in this category will work a minimum of 42 hours bi-weekly.

I saw the addition of eight (8) non-working days to Appendix 32. What is a non- working day?

Eight (8) non-working days have been added to allow FPT employees to apply to their manager to receive an approved day of absence in which they are not required to utilize credits (eg. vacation) to meet their bi-weekly hours. Employees will be expected to meet their minimum hours on the remaining days in the bi-weekly period.

What if my approved non-working day is cancelled and I am required to work?

If an employee is required to work on an approved non-working day, the employee shall be paid a minimum of four (4) hours of pay at one and one-half times their basic hourly rate.

What is call-back pay (Article UN 9)?

When the employer directs an employee to return to work on the same day after the completion of their scheduled shift and the employee has left the workplace they shall receive credit for a minimum of four (4) hours at one and one-half times their basic hourly rate.

Is call-back pay applicable to FPT staff?

Yes.

Are there increases to FPT meal allowance when working after 6:00pm?

Yes, FPT employees who work after 6:00pm will be entitled to a meal allowance of $20.00 (except where free meals are provided or the employee is being compensated on some other basis). Receipts will continue to be required.

I still have questions about the FPT model, who can I contact?

Employees with questions about the tentative collective agreement can e- mail the OPS bargaining team at: centralbargaining@opseu.org

Or, the Ministry of the Attorney General, Employee Relations Committee for OPSEU at: opseumagmerc@gmail.com

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Related: OPS Bargaining 2014 Index Page