OTTAWA, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of
Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism,
today announced the appointment of Sandeep Chauhan, Lucie Leduc,
Hazelyn Ross and Joanne Sajtos as full-time members of the new Social Security Tribunal (SST).
The new SST is a single decision-making body that consolidates the work
previously done by four separate tribunals. By offering one point of
contact for submitting an appeal, it simplifies the appeal processes,
while ensuring continued access to administrative justice for
appellants and providing greater value for Canadians.
"The members and staff of the new Social Security Tribunal are
implementing simplified, efficient and effective appeal processes that
will improve administrative justice for Canadians. They are committed
to operating a tribunal that is fair, credible, impartial and
independent," said Minister Kenney. "The new members bring a wide
variety of professional experience, education and exemplary leadership
skills, making them excellent additions to the SST."
Mr. Chauhan's, Ms. Leduc's, Ms. Ross' and Ms. Sajtos' appointments are
effective as of November 23, 2013.
The SST is comprised of two levels of appeal. The General Division, the first level of appeal, includes an Employment Insurance (EI)
Section for EI appeals, and an Income Security Section for Canada
Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) appeals. The Appeal Division is the second level of appeal as it decides appeals of decisions made
by the General Division.
To date, 54 members, in addition to the Chairperson and three
vice-chairpersons, have been appointed from all regions of the country
to ensure regional representation and fairness of decisions. The SST
began its operations on April 1, 2013.
For more information on the SST, visit canada.gc.ca/sst-tss.
Announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012, the new Social Security
Tribunal (SST) replaces the four separate tribunals for social security
appeals. It is an administrative tribunal with quasi-judicial powers
and provides fair, credible, impartial and independent appeal processes
for government decisions on Employment Insurance (EI), the Canada
Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS).
The new tribunal system simplifies and streamlines the process for
appellants by providing them with a single decision-making body for EI,
CPP and OAS appeals. The SST is led by a chairperson and three
vice-chairpersons appointed by the Governor in Council. The SST
comprises two levels of appeal. For the first level of appeal, a
vice-chairperson heads each of the EI and Income Security (CPP and OAS)
sections of the General Division. The third vice-chairperson heads the
Appeal Division, which is the second level of appeal. The Appeal
Division decides appeals of decisions made by the General Division.
The first year of operations for the SST is a transition period during
which it will hear all new appeals while the four tribunals finalize
and render decisions on cases already heard. The transition period will
be complete by April 1, 2014, at which time the SST will be the only
body hearing and deciding appeals for EI, CPP and OAS.
On March 12, 2013, Ms. Murielle Brazeau was appointed to the role of
Chairperson of the SST, along with 34 full-time members, by the Governor in Council. Members have been appointed from all regions of the country to ensure
fairness and regional distribution.
Members of the SST are expected to maintain the public trust and avoid
any conflicts of interest. These members are also supported by advisors
with legal and medical expertise and have access to professional
Key SST Milestones:
March 29, 2012 - SST announced in Economic Action Plan 2012
June 21, 2012 - SST receives Royal Assent
March 12, 2013 - Announcement of SST Chairperson
March 31, 2013 - Last day for the CPP/OAS Review Tribunals, the PAB and the EI Umpire
to hear new cases. The Boards of Referees will continue to hear appeals
filed up to this date.
April 1, 2013 - SST begins operations
April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 - Four tribunals finalize cases and wind down operations; SST receives
all new appeals
October 31, 2013 - The EI Boards of Referees must have issued all decisions on cases
filed before March 31, 2013
March 31, 2014 - The CPP/OAS Review Tribunals, PAB and EI Umpire will have issued their
decisions on all appeals heard before March 31, 2013
April 1, 2014 - SST becomes the only decision-making body
For more information on the SST, visit canada.gc.ca/sst-tss.
NEWLY APPOINTED SOCIAL SECURITY TRIBUNAL MEMBERS
Sandeep Chauhan, Chestermere, Alberta
Mr. Chauhan received his Master's degree in Business Administration at
the Garvin School of International Management in the United States of
America. He also has a Bachelor of General Studies (Applied Business)
degree and a diploma in Business Administration (Accounting and
Finance) from Canadian universities. Mr. Chauhan has over seven years
of experience working for the Government of Canada and is currently a
Benefit Officer with Service Canada. He donates his time to develop
proposals to help the North Edmonton Senior Citizens Recreation Society
get funding for community development. He is fluent in three languages
and has received several excellence awards, including the International
Foreign Language Honor Society's prestigious Phi Sigma Iota award,
which recognizes remarkable ability and achievement in languages.
Lucie Leduc, Toronto, Ontario
Ms. Leduc is a former member of the Employment Insurance Board of
Referees as well as being an active Research Ethics board member at the
Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Her experience in dealing with
complex issues inspired her to co-write a handbook on conflict
resolution and best practices designed for a government
organization, as a private consultant. Ms. Leduc was a former
Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Quebec
Division, representing the Airline Sector and was also on the chair of
the Women's Committee at Air Transat. Ms. Leduc has a Master's degree
in Law with Collaborative Program in Bioethics from the University of
Toronto. She also has a Bachelor of Law degree and a Social and Labour
Law Certificate from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Hazelyn Ross, Toronto, Ontario
Ms. Ross served as the Assistant Deputy Chairperson on the Immigration
and Refugee Board and was also a member of the Board's Immigration
Appeal Division and the Refugee Protection Division. She is a
sought-after speaker and has delivered presentations at over eight
different national conferences. Ms. Ross attended Concordia University
in Montréal, where she received her Master and Bachelor of Arts
degrees. She is a graduate of the University of West Indies (Barbados)
and earned her legal degree in Trinidad.
E. Joanne Sajtos, Toronto, Ontario
Ms. Sajtos is a former member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of
Canada, Refugee Protection Division. She is currently a member of the
International Association of Refugee Law Judges and the Law Society of
Upper Canada. Previously, Ms. Sajtos was a vice-chair at the Workplace
Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and is a co-author of "A
Practical Guide to Worker's Compensation in Ontario." She was also
appointed to the Indian Residential Schools Alternative Dispute
Resolution panel. She has taught at various colleges and has extensive
public speaking and training experience. Ms. Sajtos has a Bachelor
degree in Political Science from York University and a Bachelor of Law
degree from the University of Windsor. She is also trained in the
fields of communication, alternative dispute resolution, journalism,
adjudication and regulation. Finally, Ms. Sajtos has volunteered with
Out of the Cold, a program for the homeless, and acted as a Director
for a program assisting women and children in crisis.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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