On November 1, 2014, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB) was created. The PSLREB was created when the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) and the Public Service Staffing Tribunal (PSST) merged. This PSLRB website is in the process of being phased out in favour of the new PSLREB website. During a period of transition, this PSLRB website will continue to provide archived reports, decisions, and transitional information. Please visit the new PSLREB website for the most recent content.
The key statute administered by the PSLRB is the Public Service Labour Relations Act (PSLRA) covering the federal public service, which includes the departments named in Schedule I of the Financial Administration Act, the other portions of the federal public administration named in Schedule IV and the separate agencies named in Schedule V.
In addition to the PSLRA, the PSLRB administers the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, which covers employees of the Parliament of Canada.
Under the Budget Implementation Act, 2009, the PSLRB is also responsible for dealing with some pay equity complaints filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Once the Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act has been proclaimed in force, the PSLRB will become responsible for dealing with all pay equity complaints relating to the federal public service.
The PSLRB also administers certain provisions of Part II of the Canada Labour Code, which gives employees recourse against reprisals for exercising their rights under the Code.
As well, the PSLRB administers the collective bargaining and grievance adjudication systems under the Yukon Education Labour Relations Act and the Yukon Public Service Labour Relations Act. When performing these functions, which are funded by the Yukon government, the PSLRB acts respectively as the Yukon Teachers Labour Relations Board and the Yukon Public Service Labour Relations Board.
The PSLRA, which was established by the Public Service Modernization Act, came into effect on April 1, 2005, as did the Public Service Labour Relations Board Regulations (the Regulations) accompanying the PSLRA. It replaced the Public Service Staff Relations Act (PSSRA).
The PSLRA is one part of a larger package of reforms in federal public service human resource management. The following is an overview of the key changes introduced by the PSLRA.
The PSLRB continues to process all files that remained open at the Public Service Staff Relations Board (PSSRB) — there is no need to re-file.
Labour relations matters that were filed with the PSSRB, such as certification applications and determinations of managerial or confidential employees, are dealt with in accordance with the legislative provisions set out in the PSLRA, and the rules of procedure set out in the Regulations must be followed. However, where a notice to bargain was given prior to the coming into force of the PSLRA, and the bargaining agent had selected conciliation/strike as its dispute resolution method, the “designation” process of the PSSRA continues to apply until a new collective agreement is entered into.
Complaints that were filed with the PSSRB are also dealt with in accordance with the PSLRA, with the following exceptions:
Grievances that were presented under the PSSRA but not finally dealt with before the coming into force of the PSLRA continue to be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the PSSRA. Such grievances will also be subject to the P.S.S.R.B. Regulations and Rules of Procedure, 1993.
Please see the fact sheet on collective bargaining for more information.