Requests for Postponements - Labour Relations

This practice note details how to request a hearing postponement. How the Board handles such requests depends on when the requests are made.

All requests for postponements must be made in writing to the Board.

At any time, with or without the consent of or consultation with the other party or parties, and at its discretion, the Board may determine whether it will grant a request for postponement, with or without conditions.

Filing documents - reminder

Remember that section 7 of the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Regulations applies to a request for postponement.

How requests for postponements are handled

1. Once the matter at issue has been tentatively scheduled but before it has been set on the final schedule:

The requesting party must make a written request to the Board. The request may be granted administratively by the Board's registry or, exceptionally, be submitted to the Board for a determination.

2. After the matter at issue has been set on the final schedule and 30 calendar days before the hearing start-date:

At its discretion and only for valid reasons, the Board may grant the request. The requesting party must submit a written request to the Board, as well as

  1. provide valid reasons for the postponement, and
  2. propose the first alternate dates where the party is available for a rescheduled hearing.

At its discretion and with or without the consent of or consultation with the other party or parties, the Board may determine whether it will grant the request, with or without conditions.

3. In the 29 calendar days before and including the hearing start-date:

Only exceptionally, at its discretion and for valid reasons, the Board may grant the request. The requesting party must submit a written request to the Board, as well as

  1. provide valid reasons for the postponement, and
  2. propose the first alternate dates where the party is available for a rescheduled hearing.

At its discretion and with or without the consent of or consultation with the other party or parties, the Board may determine whether it will grant the request, with or without conditions.

Valid reasons

Valid reasons for a postponement include the following:

  • medical problems or hospitalization;
  • family crisis;
  • bereavement;
  • accident;
  • unforeseen unavailability of an essential witness that cannot be handled any other way;
  • unforeseen calamity; or
  • any other exceptional circumstances deemed valid by the Board, at its discretion.

The following are not valid reasons for a postponement:

  • requiring more time to gather evidence or prepare for the hearing;
  • a representative's schedule;
  • vacation;
  • the convenience of the parties or their representatives; or
  • a failure to diligently prepare for the hearing.