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Human resources management is governed by a vast legislative and regulatory framework. Many laws, policies and guidelines govern human resource activities under the aegis of various central agencies of the federal public service. (See Appendices A and B).
The recent Public Service Modernization Act (PSMA) increased the powers granted to general administrators in human resources management. Under this Act, the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, as Administrator General of LAC, has the power to determine the following:
To assist him with his duties, the Librarian and Archivist of Canada has at his disposal an executive committee, the Human Resources Committee (HRC), to ensure the strategic management of human resources. This committee's vision and mandate are as follows:
The HRC is co-chaired by an assistant deputy minister responsible for a sector of activities and appointed on a rotational basis and the principal ADM, Corporate Management and Horizontal Integration Sector. The co-chairmanship ensures both the accountability of the operational branches and their incorporation into a management continuum. In addition to the co-chairs, this committee is comprised of the Director General of the Strategy Bureau, the Director of Human Resources, the Director of Communications, and three managers from different corporate areas and functions.
At the institutional level, LAC also has an advisory committee, the National Labour-Management Consultation Committee. This committee's role is:
As mentioned above, two groups of stakeholders share human resources management responsibilities at the operational level: line managers and functional specialists. Since the implementation of the Public Service Modernization Act, direct responsibility for staffing positions has been delegated to line managers. They must make all of the necessary human resource decisions in regards to planning, recruitment, staff retention, learning, job descriptions, establishing bilingualism levels, performance evaluations and work planning, and dispute resolution. They are assisted in their duties by functional specialists in human resources management. These specialists are first and foremost advisors. Their advice may focus on:
As specialists, they are also responsible for compiling, analyzing and interpreting data used to advise management or to report to central agencies.
In addition, functional specialists are responsible for directly providing managers with job classification services and employees with guidance, compensation and professional appointment services.
Lastly, it is the functional specialists in human resources who are officially responsible for ensuring good labour/management relations.