Bill to cut the severance pay of health and social services officers in half
On February 26, Minister of Health and Social Services Danielle McCann introduced Bill 7, An Act respecting certain terms of employment applicable to officers of the health and social services network.
Bill 7 is declaratory and confirms the authority of the Minister of Health to determine the remuneration and working conditions of officers “notwithstanding any judicial decision and any decision of a body of the administrative branch rendered prior to the enactment of the minister’s regulation.” It also allows the minister to enact a retroactive regulation on job stability measures, severance pay, and pre-retirement leaves by officers of the health and social services network.
The Coalition avenir Québec is therefore resurrecting Bill 160 tabled by then Minister of Health Gaétan Barrette in November 2017 to counteract the Superior Court decision that went again employers. In fact, the Court overturned a regulation in Bill 10, which saw severance packages reduced from 24 months to 12 months for 1,300 officers whose positions were abolished.
However, Bill 160 died on the order paper before the October 2018 election.