The Income and Employment Support Appeal Board (the Board) is an independent, arms-length body authorized to hear appeals on decisions regarding income support benefits under the Income Support Program, as well as eligibility for employment supports funded by the province and those funded through the Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities. The Board also hears appeals with respect to eligibility for benefits under the Newfoundland and Labrador Prescription Drug Program, under section 40 of the Pharmaceutical Services Act. The Board is primarily governed by the Income and Employment Support Act. Board members are required to prepare for hearings through a file review, in advance of a hearing, and to vote on a given appeal during a hearing. Alternate members should be ready to serve upon short notice, and may be required to observe hearings periodically. For additional information on the role of the Board and the appeal process, please visit: http://www.aesl.gov.nl.ca/appeals/index.html.
The board shall consist of not more than 3 members to be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. One of the members shall be a current or past recipient of income or employment support. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may also appoint no more than three alternate members, one of whom shall be a current or past recipient of income support or employment support. None of the members or alternate members may be employees of the provincial government or of a board, commission, corporation or other body that is an agency of the Crown. Under section 42(2) of the Income and Employment Support Act, members appointed under subsection (1) or alternates appointed under subsection (4) shall be appointed for 3 years, shall be eligible for reappointment and shall hold office until re-appointed or until a successor is appointed. The Board is provided with administrative support by an Executive Secretary who is an employee of the Department of Advanced Education and Skills.
The Board members are appointed from the general public and collectively possess the following core competencies:
Appeal hearings must be scheduled within 30 days of receiving an appeal application. Therefore, Board members should be available to meet once every three weeks with appellants and Board members either via teleconference or in-person. Board members are also expected to spend additional time reviewing materials in advance of hearings. If a Board member is unable to attend a hearing, the Executive Secretary is notified and an alternate member is requested to attend. Hearings are held between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; therefore members require flexible schedules during working hours, in order to serve on the Board.
Each member shall be appointed for three years by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, is eligible for reappointment, and shall hold office until re-appointed or until a successor is appointed.