NSGEU wins grievance re: STI overpayment
Dear NSGEU members working in the Civil Service,
When NSGEU members have received Short-Term Illness (STI) benefits and then been found to be ineligible for them, the employer has been clawing back the money by deducting amounts from members’ bi-weekly pay. This has created hardship for affected members.
NSGEU grieved the employer’s action. In our grievance, we acknowledge that true over-payments must be repaid. However, the employer has no right to unilaterally make deductions from pay that have no statutory or common-law basis.
We are pleased to report that adjudicator Lorraine Lafferty agreed with the NSGEU and found that the employer cannot unilaterally deduct STI over-payments from employee wages. For the full decision, please see this link:
The NSGEU’s policy grievance features additional issues and further hearing dates are being scheduled to deal with these matters.
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