Collective Agreement between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada regarding the Veterinary Medicine (VM) Group Bargaining Unit
Part F – Severance Pay

**Article F1  - Severance Pay

**F1.01 Under the following circumstances and subject to clause F1.05, an employee shall receive severance benefits calculated on the basis of their weekly rate of pay:

Lay-Off

  1. **On the first lay-off, for the first complete year of continuous employment, two (2) weeks' pay, or three (3) weeks' pay for employees with ten (10) or more but less than twenty (20) years of continuous employment, or four (4) weeks' pay for employees with twenty or more years of continuous employment, plus one (1) week's pay for each additional complete year of continuous employment.
  2. ** On the second or subsequent lay-off, one (1) week's pay for each complete year of continuous employment, less any period in respect of which he was granted Severance Pay under Article F1.01(a).

F1.02 Death

If an employee dies, there shall be paid to the employee's estate a severance payment in respect of the employee's complete period of continuous employment, comprised of one (1) week's pay for each complete year of continuous employment and, in the case of a partial year of continuous employment, one (1) week's pay multiplied by the number of days of continuous employment divided by 365, to a maximum of thirty (30) weeks' pay, regardless of any other benefit payable.

**F1.03 Rejection on Probation

On rejection on probation, when an employee has completed more than one (1) year of continuous employment and ceases to be employed by reason of rejection during a probationary period, such employee shall be paid severance pay equal to one (1) week's pay for each complete year of continuous employment with a maximum benefit of twenty-seven (27) weeks.

**F1.04 Release for Incapacity or Incompetence

  1. **When an employee has completed more than one (1) year of continuous employment and ceases to be employed by reason of termination for cause for reasons of incapacity pursuant to the provisions of section 12.(2)(d) of the Financial Administration Act, one (1) week's pay for each complete year of continuous employment with a maximum benefit of twenty-eight (28) weeks.
  2. When an employee has completed more than ten (10) years of continuous employment and ceases to be employed by reason of termination for cause for reasons of incompetence pursuant to section 12.(2)(d) of the Financial Administration Act, one (1) week's pay for each complete year of continuous employment with a maximum benefit of twenty-eight (28) weeks.

**F1.05 The period of continuous employment used in the calculation of severance benefits payable to an employee under this Article shall be reduced by any period of continuous employment in respect of which the employee was already granted any type of termination benefit by the Public Service, a Federal Crown Corporation, the Canadian Forces or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Under no circumstances shall the maximum severance pay provided under clauses F1.01 to F1.04 be pyramided.

For greater certainty, payments made pursuant to F1.08 to F1.11 or similar provisions in other collective agreements shall be considered as a termination benefit for the administration of this clause.

F1.06 The weekly rate of pay referred to in the above clauses shall be the weekly rate of pay to which the employee is entitled for the classification prescribed in his certificate of appointment, immediately prior to the termination of his employment.

**F1.07 Appointment to another employer organization

An employee who resigns to accept an appointment with an organization listed in Schedule I, IV or V of the Financial Administration Act shall be paid all severance payments resulting from the application of F1.08 to F1.11.

**F1.08 Severance Termination

  1. **Subject to F1.05 above, indeterminate employees on (one month from the date of signing of the agreement) shall be entitled to a severance payment equal to one (1) week's pay for each complete year of continuous employment and, in the case of a partial year of continuous employment, one (1) week's pay multiplied by the number of days of continuous employment divided by three hundred and sixty-five (365), to a maximum of thirty (30) weeks.
  2. **Subject to F1.05 above, term employees on (one month from the date of signing of the agreement) shall be entitled to a severance payment equal to one (1) week's pay for each complete year of continuous employment, to a maximum of thirty (30) weeks.

**Terms of Payment

**F1.09 Options

**The amount to which an employee is entitled shall be paid, at the employee's discretion, either:

  1. **as a single payment at the rate of pay of the employee's substantive position as of (one month from date of signing of the agreement), or
  2. **as a single payment at the time of the employee's termination of employment from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, based on the rate of pay of the employee's substantive position at the date of termination of employment from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, or
  3. **as a combination of (a) and (b), pursuant to F1.10 (c).

**F1.10 Selection of Option

  1. **The Employer will advise the employee of his years of continuous employment no later than three (3) months following the date of signing of the collective agreement.
  2. **The employee shall advise the Employer of the term of payment option selected within six (6) months from the date of signing of the collective agreement.
  3. **The employee who opts for the option described in F1.09 (c) must specify the number of complete weeks to be paid out pursuant to F1.09 (a) and the remainder to be paid out pursuant to F1.09 (b).
  4. **An employee who does not make a selection under F1.10 (b) will be deemed to have chosen option F1.09 (b).

**F1.11 Appointment from a Different Bargaining Unit

This clause applies in a situation where an employee is appointed into a position in the VM bargaining unit from a position outside the VM bargaining unit where, at the date of appointment, provisions for severance pay entitlement for reasons of resignation or retirement are still in force, unless the appointment is only on an acting basis.

  1. **Subject to F1.05 above, on the date an indeterminate employee becomes subject to this Agreement after (one month from date of signing of agreement), he shall be entitled to a severance payment equal to one (1) week's pay for each complete year of continuous employment and, in the case of a partial year of continuous employment, one (1) week's pay multiplied by the number of days of continuous employment divided by three hundred and sixty-five (365), to a maximum of thirty (30) weeks, based on the employee's rate of pay of his substantive position on the day preceding the appointment.
  2. **Subject to F1.05 above, on the date a term employee becomes subject to this Agreement after (one month from the date of signing of agreement), he shall be entitled to a severance payment equal to one (1) week's pay for each complete year of continuous employment to a maximum of thirty (30) weeks, based on the employee's rate of pay of his substantive position on the day preceding the appointment.
  3. **An employee entitled to a severance payment under sub-paragraph (a) or (b) shall have the same choice of options outlined in F1.09, however the selection of which option must be made within three (3) months of being appointed to the bargaining unit.
  4. **An employee under this Article who does not make a selection of options under F1.09 will be deemed to have chosen option F1.09 (b).
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