What happens in a secondary review of general employment matters by the Merit Protection Commissioner?

  1. For general employment reviews, the Office acknowledges receipt of your application. If it isn't accepted, we advise you of the reasons.
  2. Your agency is informed and asked to provide information from their review file.
  3. Your case is assigned to a review adviser.
  4. The review adviser contacts you and advises whether you need to provide more information. You may be asked to participate in a telephone interview with the review adviser.
  5. After the review adviser has considered all the information, your case is sent to the Merit Protection Commissioner's delegate.
  6. The delegate makes a recommendation and provides a report of their findings to you and to your agency.

secondary review chart 

In most cases, a review by the Merit Protection Commissioner addresses whether:

  • your agency's procedures, policy or guidelines were substantially complied with
  • the requirements of procedural fairness were substantially observed
  • the decision under review was appropriate or reasonable in the circumstances
  • the decision will then be confirmed, varied or set aside.

An information sheet on secondary reviews is available.

Information on outcomes of a review is also available.