On October 19th, federal elections will be held. In accordance with the Canada Elections Act, all employees are entitled to three (3) consecutive hours to cast their vote during voting hours on polling day, from 9:30AM to 9:30PM.
For this reason, by October 9, Workforce Management will adjust the schedule of regular full-time technicians to respect these arrangements. The release period will be coded POP and employees will be released for these hours only, without a pay reduction. The schedule of part-time employees will be set on DD-1.
Only these shifts need to be adjusted:
o 8AM to 7PM (a 30 minute release is necessary)
o 10AM to 7PM (a 30 minute release is necessary)
o 10AM to 9PM (a 2:30 release is necessary)
The following shifts do not need to be adjusted:
o 8AM to 5PM
o 9AM to 6PM
o 1PM to 9PM
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Can an employee request a different shift modification than the one planned on his schedule? No, the planned schedules were made in consideration with business needs and the obligation for employees to have three (3) consecutive hours to cast their vote during voting hours on polling day. The time coded as POP cannot be changed nor postponed.
Am I going to be paid if my schedule is modified to go vote? Yes, even if you are released to go cast your vote, you will be paid for the entire shift, like any other day.
If an employee has questions, to whom should they ask them? The employee can address his questions to his manager.
If a manager has questions, to whom should they ask them? The manager can contact his Labour Relations consultant.