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COVID-19 Department of Human Resources services update
Department of Human Resources services update - June 8, 2020
Duty Travel during COVID-19
As of June 1, the Chief Public Health Officer has lifted in-territory travel advisories. Travel outside of Nunavut is still not recommended.
As of June 8, the Government of Nunavut will resume in-territory duty travel for employees, according to regular practices. Both essential and non-essential duty travel may be approved within the territory.
Duty travel to and from the Kitikmeot region may be approved as long as the flight paths do not require that travellers’ stopover and go through the isolation hub in Yellowknife. Departments may also consider booking a charter to or from the Kitikmeot region.
Duty travel to and from Sanikiluaq may be approved on charter flights only, as long as the flight paths do not require that travellers’ stopover outside the territory and stay in isolation hubs.
Non-essential duty travel outside of Nunavut remains suspended.
Online courses for GN employees
The Government of Nunavut and its partner Homewood Health have online courses to help GN employees and their families adjust and maintain positive mental health.
All content is based on current, best practice research and includes printable information, quizzes, and practical exercises. You can access courses from anywhere at any time.
The courses are currently available in English and French.
To access them visit the Homewood Health website www.homeweb.ca and follow the links to the member services area.
Employees and their families can also call the toll-free number 1-800-663-1142 for personal counselling.
Department of Human Resources services update - June 1, 2020
Minister of Human Resources update:
Ullaakkut. Under the guidance of Dr. Patterson, the Government of Nunavut has begun re-assessing the measures that were put in place in response to COVID-19. “Nunavut’s Path: moving forward during COVID-19” which was released last week and lays out the government’s approach to easing restrictions, based on reducing risks related to the virus while minimizing the impacts on Nunavummiut. Based on the current evidence on risk and impacts of measures, re-opening workplaces is considered a low-risk measure.
Today, I am announcing the end of the Government of Nunavut’s work from home program for Government of Nunavut employees. Starting Monday, June 8, 2020, GN employees who are currently “working from home” will be returning to their regular workplaces.
This decision was made in consultation with the Public Health Team and the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC). We recognize that a healthy workplace is essential to the health and well-being of all our employees, enabling them to bring their essential talents, skills and energy as they deliver services to all Nunavummiut.
In support of a safe and healthy workplace, the GN is following WSCC guidelines on risk assessment and worksite precautions and will continue to follow all orders and restrictions set in place by the Chief Public Health Officer in response to COVID-19. GN employees will also continue to receive health and safety information and guidelines on an ongoing basis. The GN’s Employee and Family Assistance Program is also available to support the overall well-being of GN employees and their families.
Representatives from each department are working this week to ensure that workplaces are prepared for the return of GN employees and that social distancing continues to be maintained. Some flexibility may be required as employees transition from homes back to offices.
We realize that with school closures and the uncertainty of summer day camps programs at this time that parents will need time to work out childcare options and therefore we encourage them to contact their immediate supervisors to discuss their options.
At this time, there will also be limited public access to GN offices in order to support social distancing and for the health and safety of all Nunavummiut.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all GN employees for your hard work and continuing commitment during these times. Your well-being is our top priority.
I would also like to thank Nunavummiut for your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to provide necessary programs and services.
Department of Human Resources Services
All GN employees will return to GN workplaces beginning June 8, 2020. This decision was made by the GN in consultation with the Chief Public Health Officer and the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC).
The GN is following WSCC guidelines on risk assessment and worksite precautions to ensure safe workplaces and will continue to follow all orders and restrictions set in place by the Chief Public Health Officer in response to COVID-19. Social distancing will continue to be maintained in GN offices, and GN employees will continue to receive health and safety information and reminders on an ongoing basis. The GN’s Employee and Family Assistance Program is also available to support the overall well-being of GN employees and their families.
At this time, there will be limited public access to GN offices in order to support social distancing and for the health and safety of all Nunavummiut. Members of the public can contact GN employees as needed by phone and email. If in-person meetings are required, members of the public may be asked to follow social distancing or other health and safety practices.
GN Departments will continue to provide regular public updates on any adjustments to their programs and services now that the work from home program is ending.
Department of Human Resources services update - May 11, 2020
The GN is now accepting applications for the Summer Student Employment Equity Program (SSEEP).
More information is available at https://www.gov.nu.ca/human-resources/information/become-summer-student
Deadline to apply is July 17, 2020, but we encourage students to apply as soon as possible as positions are available now! Additional positions may also become available throughout the summer.
At this time, the GN’s work-from-home model is still in place and the GN continues to follow all public health recommendations and support social distancing measures. Summer students may work from home or in government offices depending on the nature of the position and the public health measures in place.
Department of Human Resources services update - April 30, 2020
Under the Government of Nunavut's (GN) work-from-home model implemented on March 20, GN employees in Pond Inlet continue to be supported to work from home whenever possible.
The GN Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) by Homewood Health offers a wide range of confidential services to employees and their families. Many of these confidential services are relevant in supporting employees and their families as a result of the questions and possible anxiety that has arisen from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Employees and their families can call 1-800-663-1142.
The Department of Human Resources would like to remind employees that if they have a reason to believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 to call the COVID hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., or call their community health centre right away, and immediately isolate at home for 14 days.
Employees must inform their managers if they are in self-isolation.
Department of Human Resources services update
Human Resources is working with Departments of Justice, Family Services, and Health to determine what additional supports they may need.
Human Resources is meeting with WSCC to discuss how best to work together. Human Resources is also meeting with NEU regarding updates.
Unless otherwise stated, remaining departmental services are expected to operate as usual. Updates are provided daily.
- Upcoming Staff Housing Allocation Committee meetings are cancelled.
- The Summer Student Employment Equity Program is on hold and may be launched at a later date.