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RCMP Can Cut Pensionable Hours of Women Working Less to Care for Kids

The RCMP’s job-sharing policy allows full-time officers to work reduced hours to care for their young kids by sharing the job with another officer. Female agents who took advantage of the policy claimed that the RCMP’s use of the pro-rated formula for part-timers to calculate pensionable hours during the job-sharing period violated their constitutional equality rights. While expressing sympathy for the difficulties faced by working mothers, the federal court disagreed, finding that the officers essentially were part-time employees temporarily working reduced hours during the time they job-shared. The appeals court said the decision was correct and refused to overturn it [Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 FCA 223 (CanLII), Dec. 7, 2018].

Editor’s Note: The reason this case was about Charter rather than employment law rights is that the RCMP is a government agency. Employment relations within private firms don’t implicate the Charter.

Bongarde Editorial

Bongarde Editorial

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