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Transfer of Employees Policy

All Compensation Policies should be read in conjunction with Compensation Policies – General Rules and Application.

Policy Statement

The Deputy Minister may transfer employees from one position to another in the same Department within the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Public Service Commission (PSC) must approve permanent transfers.


This policy applies to all employees of the core public service with the exception of those employees on the Executive Pay Plan. Bargaining unit employees should consult their respective collective agreement and where there is a conflict, the collective agreement shall prevail.

Treasury Board had directed that Government's Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs) with the exception of Nalcor, Memorial University and the Research and Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador ensure that their Transfer of Employees Policy is consistent with this policy outlined herein. Departments will notify their ABCs accordingly. Any ABC which indicates that it is not currently compliant is directed to submit an implementation plan which ensures compliance or obtain support from their respective Minister to seek Treasury Board approval for an exemption to the policy. Only those ABCs listed in Schedule A of the Public Service Commission Act are required to obtain PSC's approval for permanent transfers.

Transfer of Employees

An employee may be transferred to another position:

  • To address human resource requirements as determined by the Deputy Minister.

Transferred employees may be eligible for relocation assistance, as per the Relocation Policy.

Employees' salary upon transfer is established as follows:

If the existing hourly rate of pay is: Then the hourly rate of pay:
  • Equal to an hourly rate of pay on the new pay range
  • Does not change;
  • Below the minimum of the new pay range
  • Is the first step on the new pay range;
  • Between two steps on the new pay range
  • Is at the higher of the two steps; or
  • Above the maximum of the new pay range
  • Is retained and red-circled.

Employees may be eligible to carry forward existing benefits, see applicable Human Resource Policies or consult with their Strategic Human Resource Management Division (SHRM).

Last Policy Update: March 26, 2012

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