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PLSRB Access to Information Act Annual report - 2008-2009
ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACT
PUBLIC SERVICE LABOUR
© Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada 2009
published by the Public Service Labour Relations Board
Cat. No. SR2-2/2009
This publication is also available on the Board’s website at:
August 19, 2009
The Honourable James Moore. P.C., M.P.
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
House of Commons
Ottawa, K1A 0A6
I am pleased to transmit to you, pursuant to section 72 of the Access to Information Act, the Annual Report of the Public Service Labour Relations Board covering the period from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009, for submission to Parliament.
Casper M. Bloom, Q.C., Ad. E.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- STATISTICAL REPORTS/EXPLANATION
- SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACT
APRIL 1, 2008 TO MARCH 31, 2009
The Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) is an independent quasi-judicial tribunal responsible for administering the collective bargaining and grievance adjudication systems in the federal public service.
In accordance with its mandate under the Public Service Labour Relations Act (PSLRA), which was enacted on April 1, 2005, the PSLRB provides three main services: adjudication, mediation, and compensation analysis and research.
The PSLRB replaced the Public Service Staff Relations Board (PSSRB), which had existed since 1967 when collective bargaining was first introduced into the federal public service. With the PSLRA came an expanded role and services, particularly in compensation research. At the same time, the PSLRB also continued to provide many of the same services as its predecessor and to maintain the quality of its decision making.
The PSLRB benefits Canadians by supporting a harmonious relationship between federal public service employees and their employers, which improves the ability of the public service to serve the public interest.
A proceeding before the PSLRB may involve a grievance adjudication, an arbitration, a conciliation through a Public Interest Commission, a mediation, an application for certification, a revocation of certification, a displacement, a complaint of unfair labour practices, an identification of a position or positions as having duties of a managerial or confidential nature, an essential services agreement, a determination of successor rights, an enforcement of obligations of the employer or of an employee organization, or a complaint of disciplinary action or discrimination that resulted from one or more federal employees exercising workplace health and safety rights under Part II of the Canada Labour Code.
The PSLRB received 4 formal and 3 informal access to information requests during the period under review. Two (2) formal requests were from the public; the other 2 were from businesses. Two (2) requests were disclosed in part, and the others were unable to be processed as the information requested did not exist. Subection 19(1) and section 23 of the Access to Information Act (“the Act”) were invoked.
The PSLRB also processed 6 consultation requests. The related documents were fully disclosed, with the exception of 1, where subsection 19(1) of the Act was invoked for certain information.
Organization of Activities and Delegation Instrument
The Chairperson has appointed the manager of Information Management Services, as the Coordinator under the Act. The Coordinator refers all requests received by the PSLRB to the appropriate branch for review and reporting before rendering a decision. The Chairperson is consulted if necessary. The Coordinator dedicated approximately 2% of a person-year to administering the Act, updating the Government of Canada Publication Info Source and preparing reports.
A reading area is located in the PSLRB’s Records Office. A copy of the Government of Canada Publication Info Source is available for reference, as are access to information request forms, a copy of the PSLRB’s Subject Classification Manual and other relevant publications.
In compliance with the Treasury Board’s Policy on Information Management, the PSLRB’s Records Office continually reviews and updates its information holdings to ensure that information that could be requested under the Act can be retrieved quickly. In addition, all information included in the PSLRB’s main filing system is linked to its respective Program Record Number.
While the PSLRB’s policy is to charge fees for requests where the cost of processing exceeds $5.00, the nature and merit of each request is reviewed before a final decision is made as to whether to request or waive the processing cost fee.
Education and Training
Information about the Act is incorporated into the PSLRB’s orientation program for new employees and covers such topics as:
- the emails that should be filed to ensure that the PSLRB can respond to an access to information request, and
- the roles and responsibilities of employees regarding information management.
Orientation sessions for employees are given twice a year.
Complaints, Investigations and Audits
As of March 31, 2009, there were no complaints against the PSLRB under the Act.
Appeals to the Federal Court
There were no appeals to the Federal Court during the period under review with respect to access to information requests.
Report on the Access to Information Act (PDF)
Access to Information Act
BY THIS ORDER made pursuant to section 73* of the Access to Information Act, I hereby designate the persons holding the positions of Executive Director of the Board, Director, Corporate Services and Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator to exercise or perform the powers, duties and functions of the head of a government institution under the Act, as specified in the attachment, insofar as they may be exercised or performed in relation to the Public Service Labour Relations Board, effective from April 1, 2007.
*73. The head of a government institution may, by order, designate one or more officers or employees of that institution to exercise or perform any of the powers, duties or functions of the head of the institution under this Act that are specified in the order.
1980-81-82-83, c. III, Sch. II "73".
Access to Information Act Designation Order
|Item #||DESCRIPTION OF AUTHORITY||ATIA SECTION||CHAIRPERSON*||EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE BOARD*||DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES*||ATIP COORDINATOR*|
|ACCESS TO INFORMATON ACT|
|1.||Notify where access
|7(a) & (b)||F||F||F||F|
|3.||Extend time limits||9(1)||F||F||F||F|
of extension of time limits
|5.||Notify where access refused||10(1)(a) & (b)||F||F||F||F|
|6.||Require reproduction fees||11(1)||F||F||F||F|
|7.||Require reproduction fees||11(2)||F||F||F||F|
|8.||Require fees for machine readable records||11(3)||F||F||F||F|
|10.||Notify of fee payment requirement||11(5)||F||F||F||F|
|11.||Waive or refund of fees||11(6)||F||F||F||F|
|12.||Obtain/Provide translation or not||12(2)||F||F||F||F|
|13.||Obtain/Provide alternative format or not||12(3)||F||F||F||F|
|14.||Refuse access – Confidential information||13(1)(a) to (e)||F||F||N||N|
|15.||Disclose confidential information||13(2)(a) & (b)||F||F||N||N|
|16.||Refuse access – Federal-
|14(a) & (b)||F||F||N||N|
affairs and defence
|15(1)(a) to (i)||F||F||N||N|
|18.||Refuse access – Law enforcement and investigations||16(1)(a) to (d)||F||F||N||N|
|19.||Refuse access – Security information||16(2)(a) to (c)||F||F||N||N|
|20.||Refuse access – Personal information received from RCMP acting as a provincial or municipal entity||16(3)||F||F||N||N|
|21.||Refuse access – Safety of individuals||17||F||F||N||N|
interests of Canada
|18(a) to (d)(vi)||F||F||N||N|
|23.||Refuse access – Another individual’s personal information||19(1)||F||F||F||F|
|24.||Disclose personal information||19(2)(a) to (c)||F||F||F||F|
|25.||Refuse access – Third party information||20(1)(a) to (d)||F||F||N||N|
|26.||Disclose testing methods||20(3)||F||F||F||F|
|27.||Disclose third party information on consent||20(5)||F||F||F||F|
|28.||Disclose in public interest||20(6)||F||F||N||N|
– Advice, plans,
|21(1)(a) to (d)||F||F||F||F|
|30.||Refuse access – Tests for audits||22||F||F||F||F|
|31.||Refuse access – draft report||22.1(1)||F||F||F||F|
|32.||Disclose draft report||22.1(2)||F||F||F||F|
|33.||Refuse access – Solicitor-client privilege||23||F||F||F||F|
|34.||Refuse access – Restricted information||24(1)||F||F||F||F|
|35.||Disclose severed information||25||F||F||F||F|
|36.||Refuse access – Published information||26||F||F||F||F|
|37.||Notify third parties||27(1)(a) to (c)||F||F||F||F|
|38.||Extend time for notice||27(4)||F||F||F||F|
|39.||Notify third party regarding disclosure||28(1)(b)||F||F||F||F|
|40.||Waive written representation from third party||28(2)||F||F||F||F|
|41.||Disclose after notice to third party||28(4)||F||F||F||F|
|29(1)(a) & (b)||F||F||F||F|
of third party notice
|44.||Make representation to Information Commissioner||35(2)(b)||F||F||F||F|
Information Commissioner's request to disclose information previously
|46.||Give access to complainant||37(4)||F||F||F||F|
|47.||Notify third party of Court action||43(1)||F||F||F||F|
|48.||Notify applicant of Court action||44(2)||F||F||F||F|
|49.||Request Court hearing be in National Capital Region||52(2)||F||F||F||F|
|50.||Make Ex Parte representations to Court||52(3)||F||F||F||F|
|51.||Refuse access – Excluded information||68 & 69||F||F||F||F|
|53.||Refuse access – Information severed from manuals based on exemptions/exclusions||71(2)||F||F||F||F|
|54.||Prepare annual report to Parliament||72(1)||F||F||F||F|
|55.||Delegate authority by Head of institution||73||F||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|ACCESS TO INFORMATON REGULATIONS|
|56.||Require access by examination||8(1)||F||F||F||F|
|57.||Provide for examination in person instead of copy||8(1.1)||F||F||F||F|
|58.||Provide copy of record||8(2)||F||F||F||F|
* "F" = Full Authority
* "N" = No Authority. To be obtained from the next level up.