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Chief HR officer works to quell confusion, asks departments to identify, update ‘critical’ services lists

By Mike Lapointe      

‘People are unsure, people are scared, this is a whole new time, so we have to have some clear messaging from our government letting our people know of what they need to do,’ said CUPW national president Jan Simpson.

Nancy Chahwan, Chief Human Resources Officer with the Treasury Board Secretariat, issued a message to all deputy ministers and heads of human resources on March 21 defining a 'critical service' as one that 'if disrupted, would result in a high or very high degree of injury to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians, or to the effective functioning of the Government of Canada.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The federal government has offered up some clarity to departments and public service unions after confusion over what constitutes “critical” versus “essential” work arose following an initial directive to all public service departments to allow staff to work from home where possible.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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