The Liberal government has introduced legislation to repeal a Harper-era law that allows the government to impose changes to short-term disability and sick leave in the public service.
The measure is expected to produce fiscal fallout because the previous government booked $900 million in savings from the move, even though it was still negotiating with the unions affected.
The sick leave measures disrupted contract talks with the public service, which accused the Conservative government of ignoring the bargaining table.
The new legislation comes as Treasury Board President Scott Brison resumes contract talks with the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the largest of the civil service unions.
It moves the Liberals away from the Harper government’s hardline approach to the talks.