Members Resigning Mid-Parliament

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Members who resign during the middle of a Parliament will find guidance in this section on provisions and supports to insure a smooth departure from their parliamentary role.

 



Members’ Basic Compensation and Benefits

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Basic Compensation

For the purpose of basic compensation (as per section 9 of the Members' Remuneration and Pensions Act), a Member is considered to be a Member until his or her seat is vacated. Therefore, a Member’s basic compensation will continue until the day prior to the day that the Member officially vacates (resigns) his or her seat.

Members’ Transitional Assistance

To qualify for transitional assistance, Members must complete their term of office in a parliament. Members who resign are not eligible for this assistance.

For more information related to Members’ transitional assistance, please refer to Appendix A — Transitional Assistance.

Members’ Pension Plan

All contributions are held and administered by the BC Pension Corporation on behalf of the Members and the Legislative Assembly. Resigning Members may choose to meet one-on-one with BC Pension Corporation staff to review their pension status.

For further information on the Members’ Pension Plan and its benefits, please refer to Appendix B — Pension Facts — Terminating Employment for Members of the Legislative Assembly.



Continuation of Allowances

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Capital City Living Allowance

The Capital City Living Allowance will be prorated to the day before the Member vacates his or her seat. Members who rent accommodation in the Victoria area must provide their landlords sufficient lease termination notice to avoid any additional expense. This allowance is paid one month in advance, which means that the Legislative Assembly may request repayment of this amount or withhold any overpayment from the former Member’s final pay.

In-Constituency Travel

The in-constituency travel allowance will be prorated to the day before the Member vacates his or her seat. This allowance is paid mid-Quarter, which means that the Legislative Assembly may request repayment of this amount or withhold any overpayment from the former Member’s final pay.

Constituency Office Allowance

Constituency office allowances will be paid to the end of the month following the month in which the Member vacates his or her seat. This allows the Member to continue to pay their staff while the constituency office is being shut down.



Other Member Related Services

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Members’ Travel Card

The Bank of Montreal Corporate Travel MasterCard will be deactivated, effective the date that the Member vacates his or her seat. The former Member should use his or her personal credit card and retain receipts for reimbursement of expenses for the final return trip to his or her constituency (if applicable). Travel cards must be returned to Financial Services or destroyed.



Members' Staff Pay and Benefits

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Notice Period

Members who choose to resign should provide their constituency assistants in writing with a minimum of six months’ working notice, where possible, that their employment will be ending. The last day of pay must be no later than the end of the month following the month in which the Member vacated his or her seat. Payroll Services must also be notified in writing (see template in Appendix C). Extended health and dental benefits cease on the last day of pay, and group life insurance and MSP cease the last day of the month.

If the Member does not to provide sufficient notice, they will be required to pay severance in accordance with employment standards, employment contracts, and union agreements (where applicable). Any severance payments must be funded from the Member’s available constituency office funds.

Staff of Members of the Official Opposition Caucus are covered by a collective agreement. Notice and termination letters must follow the terms of that agreement, and some staff may exercise their collective agreement rights post-election.

It is important for Members to provide copies of the appropriate letters to Payroll Services in a timely manner to ensure that pay adjustments are made prior to termination. Termination letters should be received by Payroll Services no later than the day the writ is issued (April 11, 2017).

Please see Appendix C — Sample Letter to Payroll Services for a Non-Returning Member.

Contact information

Payroll Services
(250) 356-8980
Payrolloffice@leg.bc.ca

Executive Financial Officer
Hilary Woodward

(250) 356-6590



Closure of Constituency Office

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Members who vacate their seat mid-parliament have until the end of the month following the month in which they vacated their seat to close their constituency office.

Constituency Office Lease

Constituency office leases are between a Member and the landlord; therefore, it is important for Members to review the terms of their lease agreement with respect to the termination provisions. In general, Members who resign should notify their landlord (in writing) as soon as possible that they will be terminating the lease.




Closure of Legislative Office

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Legislative Office Closure

The deadline for legislative office closures for Members who resign mid-Parliament is three weeks after the Member vacates his or her seat. Wherever possible, legislative offices should be closed at the earliest possible date to enable reuse of the space. Any questions or concerns regarding the closure of a legislative office should be referred to the Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms.

Contact information

Sergeant-at-Arms
Gary Lenz

(250) 387-0953


Last Updated: May 11, 2017