The review process in the Public Service Act is designed so employees do not need a lawyer.
There is a legislative and policy requirement to encourage productive and harmonious working environments in which:
As an applicant you are encouraged to explain in your own words what has happened and your concerns.
If you want to be represented in the review, you must write to the Merit Protection Commissioner to obtain her agreement (Regulation 5.33(2)). Only in rare circumstances does the Merit Protection Commissioner agree to an applicant being represented.
If you choose to consult with, or engage, a lawyer you will be responsible for the lawyer's costs.
The Merit Protection Commissioner does not charge agencies or employees to conduct a review. Review by the Merit Protection Commissioner is a statutory right under the Public Service Act: