The Joint Employment Equity Committee (JEEC) provides a national forum that includes the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), the Public Service Commission (PSC), Bargaining Agents and departmental representatives. Others with Employment Equity and diversity responsibilities or expertise, including a youth representative, may be invited to collaborate on the development, implementation and revision of public service wide policies and practices that may impact designated groups under the Employment Equity Act.
The JEEC acts as the NJC's vehicle for Employment Equity and diversity analysis, and provides the NJC with Employment Equity and diversity related input, as well as, advice and recommendations related to emerging policies and practices in the federal public service:
- Undertaking timely and relevant analysis/review from an Employment Equity and diversity lens. Analysis from an Employment Equity and diversity lens is understood as:
- Considering the Employment Equity impacts and implications of policy and practice modifications on the designated groups;
- Ensuring that intersections among designated groups—including gender identity and sexual orientation related issues are considered when impacts and implications are assessed.
- Periodically undertaking system wide reviews and analysis on Employment Equity and diversity related issues.
To achieve its mandate, the JEEC relies on:
- Transparent and timely sharing of Employment Equity and diversity related information among all Committee members (including Employment Equity data summaries gathered through various employer controlled systems);
- A consistent approach to referring issues to JEEC for consultation, collaboration, input and analysis; and,
- Engagement with the NJC Executive with regard to emerging priorities.
Committee Advisor: David.Le@njc-cnm.gc.ca
Quarterly Report to the National Joint Council (September 2017)
- The Committee has not met since the last Council meeting, however; a JEEC/SWOHS Sub-Committee was struck and has met three (3) times.
- The Committee is still awaiting the appointment of a new BAS Co-Chair
- The Service-Wide Committee on Occupational Health and Safety reviewed the Guarding Minds at Work Survey with the intent to produce an assessment that could be used by Departments/Agencies to assess the psychological health and safety of the workplace. In conducting their review, it was recognized that a short-coming of the survey existed with respect to addressing diversity and inclusion. As a result, a joint SWOHS/JEEC sub-committee was struck and has been working diligently to revise the survey to address these short-comings.
- The sub-committee hopes to complete its work and have the survey available for use by the end of September.
- One of the key priorities for the Committee for 2017-2018 was to review the mechanisms in place which tracks data related to non-citizens applications and non-citizen appointments in the Public Service. In accordance with this priority, the Committee finalized a letter from the Executive Committee to the Public Service Commission requesting that application and appointment data for non-Canadian citizens seeking work with the Federal Public Service be collected and that regular reports on trends be made available to the NJC’s Joint Employment Equity Committee (JEEC), along with other equity related data, including but not limited to, recruitment, appointment and exit data by equity group.
- This letter has been sent to the Co-Chairs of the NJC for signature and will be sent to the PSC thereafter.
Next meeting: December 7, 2017