The Assistant Director may authorize the performance of a duty of service with an employer outside the Government of Alberta. All agencies, boards of directors and commissions under the Public Service Act are generally approved as appropriate employers for the performance of a return obligation. A day`s work is every day when workers are normally supposed to be in the workplace. Once employees have completed a development initiative or are in between semesters, each day of work with the Alberta government or an employer approved by the Assistant Director relies on the duty of service. For the calculation of the amount owed, the remaining percentage of the return commitment is multiplied by the initial amount of the grant granted. Interest on this debt is calculated at an interest rate set by the Treasury Board and is part of the debt. Other Development Initiatives – The repayment requirement for employees receiving financial assistance for a development initiative other than training leave is generally two working days for each $100 financial assistance. Training Leave – The return service formula, which generally applies to workers who receive a percentage of salary (training leave), is the least important of the two: for the purposes of a development initiative, any authorized absence with remuneration, such as annual leave, casual and general sick leave and statutory leave, is considered an obligation of return. This describes the requirement for staff involved in development initiatives to meet a return-of-service obligation and what happens if they do not meet that obligation. The following options are available for services to determine the return requirement. This directive relates to the requirement for Alberta public servants to participate in development initiatives. When an employee withdraws before complying with a repayment obligation, the outstanding commitment is converted into debt owed to the Government of Alberta.
Staff members who do not meet the return obligation are required to repay the remaining financial assistance. The Assistant Director may waive the obligation to return when circumstances not controlled by the worker make it impossible to carry out the obligation. A provisioning obligation is a contractual agreement between a worker and an employer for the worker to work or rem predict financial assistance for a period after the end of a development initiative. As with the payment of moving costs or attraction bonuses, it may be necessary for employees who have received financial support for a development initiative to be required to enter into a return contract if the assistant director considers the initiative to be a significant investment.