Temporary Layoffs

Written by Darcy Hryn-Bird

As you are probably aware the University of Saskatchewan (the employer) announced on April 28, 2020 how they will manage their workforce moving forward.  You should have received an email from People and Resources outlining their plans.

The people leaders in your area will be reviewing the work that is being done in your area over the upcoming days.   The employer identified in this communication that  “Staff working in essential campus operations will continue, some work in isolated areas of campus or sites outside the main campus may partially re-start, and work that can be done remotely will continue to be done off-campus.” 

However, should work on campus or work done remotely be unavailable or not possible the employer will be looking at alternate options for those members.  These options are:

  1. To deploy you to “like” work within the ASPA Bargaining unit.
  2. Allow you the ability to use any banked flex time/earned time off/overtime or vacation time that you have accrued.
  3. Proceed with a temporary layoff, up to 12 weeks in duration.

The employer has not given us any numbers in relation to those that will be impacted.  It is ASPA’s understanding that these decisions will not be made independently however, and that the member would have dialogue with their people leader before anything is finalized.  There is no requirement for members to take their vacation or banked flex time/earned time off/overtime prior to being temporarily laid off. 

Should a temporary layoff be necessary the employer has agreed to top up the members salary to 85% provided the member is in receipt of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).  The employer will also continue to pay the premiums for your benefits and make allocations to your Pension plan (Money Purchase Plan and Academic Defined Benefit Plan). However, for those members in the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technologies (CAAT) Plan your plan does not allow for any contributions while you are on a temporary layoff.

We are sure that these next few weeks will bring potentially more stress to members and might raise several questions.  We have put together a FAQ here but please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time.  You can reach us at aspa@aspasask.ca.

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