Marginal note:Complaints before Canadian Human Rights Commission
396. (1) The following complaints with respect to employees that are before the Canadian Human Rights Commission on the day on which this Act receives royal assent, or that are filed with that Commission during the period beginning on that day and ending on the day on which section 399 comes into force, shall, despite section 44 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, without delay, be referred by the Commission to the Board:
Marginal note:Application of this section
(2) The complaints referred to in subsection (1) shall be dealt with by the Board as required by this section.
Marginal note:Powers of Board
(3) The Board has, in relation to a complaint referred to it, in addition to the powers conferred on it under the Public Service Labour Relations Act, the power to interpret and apply sections 7, 10 and 11 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, and the Equal Wages Guidelines, 1986, in respect of employees, even after the coming into force of section 399.
Marginal note:Summary examination
(4) The Board shall review the complaint in a summary way and shall refer it to the employer that is the subject of the complaint, or to the employer that is the subject of the complaint and the bargaining agent of the employees who filed the complaint, as the Board considers appropriate, unless it appears to the Board that the complaint is trivial, frivolous or vexatious or was made in bad faith.
Marginal note:Power to assist
(5) If the Board refers a complaint under subsection (4) to an employer, or to an employer and a bargaining agent, it may assist them in resolving any matters relating to the complaint by any means that it considers appropriate.
(6) If the employer, or the employer and the bargaining agent, as the case may be, do not resolve the matters relating to the complaint within 180 days after the complaint is referred to them, or any longer period or periods that may be authorized by the Board, the Board shall schedule a hearing.
(7) The Board shall determine its own procedure but shall give full opportunity to the employer, or the employer and the bargaining agent, as the case may be, to present evidence and make submissions to it.
(8) The Board shall make a decision in writing in respect of the complaint and send a copy of its decision with the reasons for it to the employer, or the employer and the bargaining agent, as the case may be.
(9) The Board has, in relation to complaints referred to in this section, the power to make any order that a member or panel may make under section 53 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, except that no monetary remedy may be granted by the Board in respect of the complaint other than a lump sum payment, and the payment may be only in respect of a period that ends on or before the day on which section 394 comes into force.
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