HR Policy

Employees seeking Public Office

Potlotek First Nation employees have rights/responsibilities/restrictions related to participation in political activities and are required to follow the procedures and restrictions as outlined below in relation to participating in political activities.

All employees and contractors are not permitted to engage in partisan activities relating to Potlotek First Nation elections for Chief and Council and other mainstream elections during their regular working hours.

Employees are not allowed to participate in any election activities during work hours or in their work place.  These activities may include assisting candidates with propaganda, photocopying or distribution of election materials.

Employees are not permitted to use and PFN supplies or equipment during or for election campaigning.

An employee may serve in the capacity of the Deputy Electoral Staff but must observe the restriction on engaging in partisan activities in the election.

An employee of Potlotek First Nation who wishes to stand as a candidate for election for Chief and Council must provide written notice to their immediate supervisor and take an unpaid leave of absence from work from the time of official announcement of the ballot list until the date of the election.

If the employee withdraws or is not elected, the employee will return to work on the date they officially withdrew from the election or the first working day after the election.

A contractor working for Potlotek First Nation who wishes to stand as a candidate for election for Chief and Council must provide written notice to the Chief Administration Officer and request a specific break in the contract from the time of official announcement of the ballot list until the date of the election.

If the contractor withdraws or is not elected, the contractor will resume the contract on the earlier of the date they officially withdrew from the election or the first working day after the election.

Employees who are Elected to Council (Chief or Councillor)

If an employee or contractor is elected as the Chief or a Councilor, then they must immediately take an unpaid leave of absence from their employment position with Potlotek First Nation. The employee’s position may be temporarily filled while they are on this unpaid leave of absence. A contractor’s contract may be tendered or awarded to someone else.

If the employee is re-elected for a second consecutive term in office, then the unpaid leave of absence will continue until the end of the second term. If the employee is re-elected for a third consecutive term, then they are deemed to have resigned their employment with Potlotek First Nation as of the first day of the third consecutive term, and their former employment position can be permanently filled by the Band.

1)    First Term Elected – Unpaid Leave of Absence from PFN employment;
2)    Second Consecutive Term (re-elected) – Unpaid Leave of Absence from PFN employment; and
3)    Third Consecutive Term (re- elected) – Deemed resignation of employment position with PFN. 

Should a position be contingent on funding and that funding end, or if the position is eliminated during the term of the elected employee’s leave of absence, then the Band is not under an obligation to keep that position or a similar position available. Should this occur, then the employee will be provided notice of termination not for cause, as the position is eliminated.

If after resigning their employment with PFN, the person does not continue as Chief or a Councillor in further terms, the person may apply for any posted position or contract. The fact the person previously resigned from PFN due to being an elected official, will not be counted against them in determining the successful candidate for the position posting or contract.