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The HRS focuses on employees and their contribution to the delivery of government programs and services. It provides leadership and/or support with respect to:

  • Human resource policy, planning, information management and program delivery;
  • Employee relations management;
  • Human resource issues addressed by the Treasury Board Committee of Cabinet;
  • Implementation and monitoring of the Human Resource Management Strategy.

Responsibilities for the Treasury Board Committee of Cabinet (“the Board”) have been conferred primarily through the Financial Administration Act and various pieces of labour legislation. For example, the Public Service Collective Bargaining Act gives responsibility to the President of Treasury Board for collective bargaining in the public service. The Financial Administration Act specifically identifies the following human resource (“HR”) responsibilities for the Board:

  • Determines personnel requirements and provides for the allocation and effective utilization of personnel.
  • Provides for the classification of positions;
  • Determines the pay to which employees are entitled for services rendered, the hours of work and leave of those persons and related matters;
  • Establishes standards of discipline in the public service and prescribes the penalties that may be applied for breaches of discipline;
  • Provides for other matters, including terms and conditions of employment, the Board considers necessary for effective personnel management.

The Human Resource Management Strategy (“HRMS”) was developed to help government departments and central agencies achieve their goals and objectives by ensuring that employees are focused on service excellence in the delivery of programs and services to the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Lines of Business

Given the broad scope and nature of government's HR function, the HRS engages in multiple lines of business. Generally speaking, the HRS endeavours to provide:

  • Effective management of specific HR policies, programs and services.
  • Leadership in the initiation and development of HR practices and services that support the overall effectiveness of government and the provincial public sector.

Specifically the HRS provides support in the following areas

1. Classification and Compensation Division

The Classification and Compensation Division is responsible for job evaluation and salary management services in government departments, regional health authorities, education boards, select crown corporations and various agencies. The Division also conducts research on a variety of compensation issues in support of fair, equitable and consistent compensation for all employees.

2. Collective Bargaining

The Collective Bargaining Division provides professional labour relations advice and services to the Board, government departments and public sector organizations. These services typically include the negotiation of collective agreements and settlements, grievance and arbitration resolutions, employee relations training for managers and formulating labour relations policy options and recommendations for the Board and government departments.

3. Employment Equity for Persons with Disabilities

In order to increase the representation of persons with disabilities in the provincial public service, the Office of Employment Equity for Persons with Disabilities offers a wide-range of employment services and programs. Examples include the Opening Doors Program, the Targeted Wage Subsidy Initiative and the Enabling Resource Centre. The Office also provides information, advice and training to government employees.

4. French Services

The Office of French Services develops and supports the ability of government departments and central agencies to deliver programs and services in both of Canada's official languages. Typical services include French-language training, translation, linguistic support and community liaison. The Office acts as government's primary point of contact for the Francophone community and also provides support to the Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs.

5. Human Resource Policy and Planning

Government's capacity for strategic human resource management is supported by HR policy, planning, research, and information systems. The Policy and Planning Division provides leadership and expertise in each of these areas to ensure that government departments and central agencies can effectively manage their human resources. The Division is also responsible for coordinating business planning, annual reporting and information requests for the HRS.

6. Learning and Development

Executive development, leadership and management development, technology-based learning and development, as well as department specific consultation, are the core perspectives of the various programs and services offered by the Centre for Learning and Development. The Centre often collaborates with departments and agencies to provide government employees with learning opportunities that are unique, important and practical.

7. Organizational Management and Design Division

The Organizational Management and Design Division is responsible for evaluating organizational paradigms (i.e., procedures, resources, initiatives) and how organizational structures can be improved. Recommendations for change, followed by proper change management, help ensure that government programs and services are delivered as effectively and efficiently as possible.

8. Strategic Initiatives Division

The role of the Strategic Initiatives Division is to provide HR management advice and to support the Human Resource Management Strategy through the planning and development of programs and services related to functional areas of HR service delivery. Primary client groups include the Strategic HR Management units, deputy ministers, executives and managers in all government departments and central agencies.

9. Payroll and Compensation Benefits

The Payroll and Compensation Benefits Division is responsible for the administration and processing of payroll, time and attendance transactions for government employees, policy development, compliance and controls. It operates a payroll registry and a service centre.

10. Pensions and Group Insurance Administration Division

The Pension and Group Insurance Administration Division is responsible for the administration of the Defined Benefit Pension Plans under the Newfoundland Pooled Pension Fund.

The province's Defined Contribution Pension Plan, for part time employees, is administered by the Plan's Custodian - Great West Life (Group Retirement Services).

The Pension and Group Insurance Administration Division is also responsible for:

  • Developing and administering all risk management and group insurance programs for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Developing professional risk management strategies for government; and
  • Providing group insurance contract administration and delivery of insurance services to employees, retirees, departments, outside agencies, Crown corporations and school boards.

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