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0502a - Term Employment

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  1. Human resources are the critical element in the ability of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to deliver effective and efficient programs and services.  In addition to hiring an employee for an indeterminate period, Departments, Boards or Agencies may also hire an employee on a term basis to meet program and service needs.



  1. These guidelines and procedures apply to all employees, except those employed by the Northwest Territories (NWT) Power Corporation.



  1. Term Employment is employment for a fixed period and which at the end of the fixed period, the employee ceases to be employed.  Term employment is obtained either by:
    1. appointment to a Territorial public service position for a specified period (i.e., three years) through a formal staffing competition process (referred to as term employee); or
    2. employment of a casual nature where the employee is not appointed to a Territorial public service position, but whose continuous service exceeds four months and is less than 12 months and who, by virtue of this, is entitled to all of the relevant provisions outlined in the collective agreements or handbooks (referred to as a casual term employee).



  1. Subject to limitations under the Union of Northern Workers and the Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association collective agreements, employees in term positions are entitled to the normal terms and conditions of Territorial public service employment.
  2. If a term employee originally hired by an open competition process is subsequently appointed to an indeterminate position, the employee's service is considered continuous from the date of initial employment.
  3. Employees appointed to a term of six months or less are not eligible to contribute to the pension plan under the Public Service Superannuation Act.
  4. Term employees are eligible to contribute to the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) and to disability insurance if they are employed for a term of more than six months, or if they have been continuously employed in the Territorial public service for at least six months.


Authorities and References

Main Collective Agreement with UNW
Article 4.01, Application

Public Service Superannuation Act