RavenLaw Appears Before Supreme Court on Charter Challenge

On December 12, 2019, RavenLaw appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada to argue in support of a Charter challenge to portions of the RCMP pension plan, which have been applied to prevent employees from buying back periods of service during which they had temporarily reduced hours of work for childcare reasons.

RavenLaw appeared on behalf of the intervener, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, to argue that the pension law discriminates against women and other parents on the grounds of sex and family status. Particularly, PSAC intervened to argue that the RCMP’s treatment of reduced hours of work for childcare worsened the negative impacts that women already experience under traditional pension designs, given their disproportionate share of parental responsibilities. PSAC also argued that the RCMP pension plan failed to protect the ability of employees to make meaningful personal choice in a core area of their lives.

Andrew Astritis and Morgan Rowe from RavenLaw appeared on behalf of PSAC.