ARCHIVED CD 2006-017: Information Notice to Employees

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Signing Bonus for employees in the Computer Systems (CS) Group

The purpose of this notice is to advise you of a Signing Bonus payable to employees in the Computer Systems (CS) group.

As a result of the CS collective agreement, a signing bonus in the amount of $300 is payable to all employees in the bargaining unit on July 24, 2006.

The signing bonus is a lump sum amount payable to all active and temporarily struck off strength (T- SOS) employees in the affected group on the date of signing of the collective agreement. This includes employees acting in an affected position as well as casuals, terms of less than three months and excluded employees. Part-time employees will receive the total amount of the bonus (not prorated).

The signing bonus is subject to income tax, the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP), the Employment Insurance Plan (EI) and the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) deductions.

The signing bonus is not considered as salary for recalculation purposes. It is not subject to the Disability Insurance Plan (DI), the Long-term Disability Insurance Plan (LTD), the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP), Supplementary Death Benefit Plan (SDB) and the Public Service Management Insurance Plan (PSMIP) deductions. It will not be used to calculate the 4% gratuity or other entitlements such as premium pay in lieu of statutory holidays.

This collective agreement must be implemented within 90 calendar days after the date of signing of the collective agreement. Consequently, employees in the CS group shall receive the signing bonus by October 22, 2006.

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) will process the automated payments on August 21, 2006, for employees in the CS group. Compensation advisors will be responsible for processing the payments manually for employees in dual employment/dual remuneration situations.

Any request for information regarding the foregoing should be addressed to your compensation advisor.