Pre-retirement transition leave

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The following material is intended to provide you with information about some of the common types of change in employment situations and the effects it will have on your employment.

What is pre-retirement transition leave?

pre-retirement transition leave is a special working arrangement where if you are within two years of retirement, you may request to have your workweek reduced by up to 40% or up to two out of the five working days. You may wish to visit the Government of Canada Pension Centre site to find additional information on preparing for retirement or Appendix C of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements. Employees may take pre-retirement transition leave for up to two years, but must agree to resign at the end of the leave period.

What will happen with my pay and other benefits if I proceed on pre-retirement transition leave?

Your pay will be adjusted to reflect the shorter workweek, however, pension and benefits coverage and the corresponding premiums and contributions would continue at the pre-arrangement levels. Refer to Appendix C of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements for additional information.

If I reduce my work week, will I become a part-time employee?

Your employment status, either full-time or part-time, will remain unchanged during the working arrangement and you remain covered by your Collective Agreement and/or Terms and Conditions of Employment. Refer to Appendix C of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements for additional information.

Are there other criteria that I must meet in order to apply for pre-retirement transition leave?

Appendix C of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements provides the conditions that must be met before your request can be approved.

I have read Appendix C of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements and still have some questions, to whom do I speak?

You should contact the Pay Centre for clarification on any questions you may still have.

What process should I follow to apply for the pre-retirement transition leave?

Once you have read Appendix C of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements you should submit an application for pre-retirement transition leave (accessible only on the Government of Canada network) to your manager for approval. In order to allow sufficient time for your pay to accurately reflect the special working arrangement, your application should be submitted to your manager as early on in the process as possible.

How is my pre-retirement transition leave recorded?

The Pay Centre does not have access to your departmental leave system. Therefore, it is your responsibility for requesting and receiving authorization for any absences from the office through your departmental leave system.

Can my request for pre-retirement transition leave be denied?

Before approving the request, your manager will need to assess the operational impacts before allowing the two year working arrangement. Refer to Appendix C of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements for additional information.

How will the Pay Centre be notified that I am proceeding on pre-retirement transition leave?

Your manager will provide the approved pre-retirement transition leave application, TBS 325-9 to the Pay Centre under cover of a pay action request form.

How will I know that the Pay Centre has received notification that I am proceeding on pre-retirement transition leave?

On receipt of notification that you are proceeding on a pre-retirement transition leave special working arrangement, the Pay Centre will forward you a letter outlining the effects of the special working arrangement on your employment. Action will be taken to adjust your pay at this time, or if the notification is received in advance, a bring forward will be prepared to process the action at the appropriate time.

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