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: Laura.Mackenzie@njc-cnm.gc.ca
Quarterly Report to the National Joint Council (June 2022)
- The Committee has met two (2) times since the last Council meeting and held one (1) ad-hoc meeting for a consultation.
- The Committee wishes to note the departure of Vinita Ambwani, TBS, and to thank her for her contributions to the Committee.
- The Committee welcomed a new Employer Side member, Julie Fairweather, from CSPS.
- The Committee received a presentation from the Privy Council Office on the Call-to-Action on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion in the Federal Public Service and discussed the next steps from this years’ submissions of letters from departments.
- The Committee also received two presentations from the Public Service Commission (PSC) on the 2021 Staffing and Non-Partisanship Survey and for the Review of Affirmation of Aboriginal Affiliation Form – Summary of Consultations.
- The Committee had the opportunity to be consulted on a Joint Learning Program Occupational Health and Safety workshop.
- The Committee was given the opportunity to review and provide feedback on the PSC’s Diversity and Inclusion Regulatory Initiative for hiring students.
- The Committee provided feedback to the Employment Equity Act Taskforce on recommended changes to the new Employment Equity Act. The Committee provided numerous recommended changes, including but not limited to the inclusion of a more meaningful complaint process for EE issues, and the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ group and EE sub-groups.
- The Committee tabled its 2022-2023 Work Plan and Year-end report to the Executive Committee at the Executive Committee’s Annual Planning session, and it was approved.
Next meeting: October 5, 2022