|By Marketwired .||
|July 16, 2014 10:16 AM EDT||
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/16/14 -- A new report on federal employee sick leave released today by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) provides further evidence that Treasury Board President Tony Clement has been purposely inflating numbers related to the existing sick leave system in an effort to replace it with a new short term disability plan, says the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC).
A previous report from the PBO in February revealed that the average number of sick days taken by federal employees each year - said by Minister Clement to be over 18 days at the time he announced the government's short term disability plan in 2013 - was actually 11.5 days. Similarly, the government's claim that the cumulative liability of federal sick leave is in excess of $5 billion ignores the fact that federal employees cannot cash out sick days when they retire and that most retire with large amounts of unused sick days.
Today's report reveals that the government practice of not backfilling jobs when most employees are off sick means that the overwhelming majority of federal employees must often make up for work when they return - at no additional cost to the government and taxpayers.
"This government's story on federal employee sick leave is as long as Pinocchio's nose," said PIPSC Vice President Shannon Bittman. "Their determination to bring in a massive, privately run short term disability plan, against evidence that it's needed, is proof that they intend to 'fix' sick leave until it's broken and to introduce a for-profit system that in the end will cost both employees and the public more than the existing one."
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 55,000 professionals across Canada's public sector.
(613) 228-6310 extension 2228
(613) 794-9369 (cell)
There is little doubt that Big Data solutions will have an increasing role in the Enterprise IT mainstream over time. 8th International Big Data Expo, co-located with 17th International Cloud Expo - to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - has announced its Call for Papers is open. As advanced data storage, access and analytics technologies aimed at handling high-volume and/or fast moving data all move center stage, aided by the cloud computing bo...
May. 24, 2015 08:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,265
Some developers believe that monitoring is a function of the operations team. Some operations teams firmly believe that monitoring the systems they maintain is sufficient to run the business successfully. Most of them are wrong. The complexity of today's applications have gone far and beyond the capabilities of "traditional" system-level monitoring tools and approaches and requires much broader knowledge of business and applications as a whole. The goal of DevOps is to connect all aspects of app...
May. 24, 2015 08:00 PM EDT Reads: 4,644
DevOps is the hottest moving target when it comes to software development methodologies. Many people fear that this fast-paced, barrier-breaking movement will leave information security best practices in the dust. Analysts provide recommendations to security professionals using bingo-laden terms like "moving security to the left" or "get a seat at the table." What we need are real-world examples and tactics for security practitioners to be part of DevOps. In his session at DevOps Summit, Andrew...
May. 24, 2015 08:00 PM EDT Reads: 5,312
Every day we read jaw-dropping stats on the explosion of data. We allocate significant resources to harness and better understand it. We build businesses around it. But we’ve only just begun. For big payoffs in Big Data, CIOs are turning to cognitive computing. Cognitive computing’s ability to securely extract insights, understand natural language, and get smarter each time it’s used is the next, logical step for Big Data.
May. 24, 2015 08:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,798
May. 24, 2015 07:00 PM EDT Reads: 4,475
May. 24, 2015 07:00 PM EDT Reads: 5,822
May. 24, 2015 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 5,280
May. 24, 2015 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,088
May. 24, 2015 05:30 PM EDT Reads: 3,853
May. 24, 2015 05:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,000
May. 24, 2015 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 4,068
May. 24, 2015 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,606
May. 24, 2015 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,497
May. 24, 2015 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,761
May. 24, 2015 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 5,779