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 (March 2018)
- The Committee has met two (2) times and participated in two (2) special meetings since the last Council meeting.
- The Committee continues to provide advice and recommendations on ongoing initiatives in the Public Service requiring employment equity and diversity considerations.
- Most recently, the Committee was approached by the PSC to provide feedback on its New Direction in Staffing Interface which was also presented at the last Council meeting.
- From an employment equity perspective, the Committee suggested that a mechanism be considered to retain validation of foreign education credentials as well as implementing safeguards to ensure priority candidates are considered before a staffing competition can move forward.
- The Committee encouraged the presenters to engage and consult with other employment equity groups representing persons with disabilities, minorities and indigenous people.
- The Committee was also approached by the surveys team administering the Public Service Employee Survey (PSES) to provide feedback on the draft questions for 2018.
- Of particular interest were questions related to demographics (sexual orientation and gender identification) and how diversity and inclusion would be captured in the survey.
- The Committee also participated in two (2) special meetings, in which members provided TBS with feedback on Directives affected by the Policy Reset.
- This included the new Directive on Diversity and Inclusion as well as the Directive on the Duty to Accommodate.
Next meeting: June 13, 2018