Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Public Service Labour Relations Board (the Board) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are for the most part directly related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government’s priorities.

In particular, the Board’s mandate is to effectively and efficiently administer the systems of collective bargaining and grievance adjudication established under the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, as well as certain provisions of Part II of the Canada Labour Code concerning occupational safety and health applicable to employees in the Public Service.

Through its role in adjudicating grievances and complaints, mediating disputes, supporting the collective bargaining process, and performing compensation analysis and research, the Board helps resolve labour relations issues in the federal public service and in Parliament in an impartial manner. This benefits Canadians by supporting a productive and effective workplace that delivers government programs in the public interest

Further details on the Board’s mandate, program activities and legislation may be found in the Report on Plans and Priorities and the Departmental Performance Report.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Board are summarized below:

Expenditure Category Expenditures
for the year ending
March 31, 2014
(a)
Expenditures for
the previous
year ending
March 31, 2013
(b)
Variance
(a - b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel - Public Servants $361 $344 $17
Travel - Non-Public Servants $84 $98 ($14)
Total Travel $445 $442 $3
Hospitality $11 $14 ($3)
Conference Fees $33 $28 $5
Total $489 $484 $5

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.

TRAVEL:

  1. Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, the Board’s travel expenditures by public servants have slightly increased by 5%.

    • The increase is mainly attributable to a greater number of cases being handled by the Board’s resources thanks to a Full complement of Board Members.

  2. Non-Public Servants:Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, the Board’s travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased mainly due to:

    • The decrease is mainly attributable to a reduced use of part-time Board members, which decreased the Board's travel expenditures for non-public servants.

HOSPITALITY: Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, the Board’s hospitality expenditures have decreased by 21%:

  • The decrease is mainly attributable to the postponement of the annual executive retreat as well as the postponement of the continual legal education for Full-time and Part-time Board Members.

CONFERENCE FEES: Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, the Board’s conference fees expenditures have increase by 18%:

  • This increase is mainly attributable to a timing difference in the payment for the Board’s participation in the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals (CCAT) conference. Overall, the Board’s participation in conference activities was similar between years.