Annual report 2008-2009 : Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment
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45 Performance Reporting Overview The Promotion Appeals & Grievance Reviews (PA&GR) unit has two main functions: Conduct promotion, disciplinary and inability appeals in accordance with sections 55 through 58 of PSEMA. Provide employees with independent and impartial review of agency actions and decisions through the grievance review process set out in section 59 of PSEMA. The units objective is to ensure merit, equity and fairness prevail in public sector management through education and effective, impartial and independent grievance review and appeal mechanisms. Key Achievements 200809 58 promotion appeals completed. 113 section 59 grievances handled (89 finalised). 8 disciplinary appeals conducted (6 completed). 3 inability appeals conducted (2 completed). Implemented new grievance handling processes which use a more flexible approach, concentrating on achieving resolution through negotiation and mediation. Continued a campaign to improve government merit selection processes through education and training, including production and distribution of the Merit Selection Good Practice Guidelines. Developed and implemented new practices in the handling of promotion appeals, with increased emphasis on providing a transparent process and comprehensive reasons for decisions. Conducted a larger than usual number of disciplinary and inability appeals in a timely manner. Appeals in 200809 Promotion, Disciplinary and Inability Appeal Boards operate as independent bodies, located for administrative purposes within the Promotion Appeals & Grievance Reviews unit of the OCPE. Promotion Appeals Promotion appeals are conducted in accordance with sections 55 and 56 of PSEMA and Regulations 9, 10, 11 and 12 of the Public Sector Employment Regulations. Promotion appeals can only be made by existing employees, in situations where the selection is a promotion for both the appellant and the provisional promotee. The only ground of appeal is that the appellant has superior merit to the provisional promotee. The board can make only one of three decisions: allow the appeal, disallow the appeal, or direct the agency to re-advertise the vacancy. Output 3 Appeals and Reviews Estimated cost of service: $0.61 million Actual cost of service: $0.56 million Staffing: 4
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