Sick leave

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The following material is intended to provide you with information about some of the common types of change in employment situations and the effects it will have on your employment.

What is sick leave?

Sick leave is a form of insurance and is intended to protect your income when or if you are incapable of performing your duties due to non-occupational illness or injury.

Is the approval of sick leave discretionary?

You will be granted sick leave with pay when you are unable to perform your duties because of illness or injury, provided your manager is satisfied of your condition and you have the necessary sick leave credits. The advancement of sick leave credits is discretionary.

How do I earn Sick Leave?

A full time employee earns sick leave at the rate of 9.375 hours each month for which you receive 75 hours pay. Sick leave is prorated for part-time employees. Refer to the relevant authorities such as your collective agreement and/or the various terms and conditions of employment specific to your classification group for additional information.

How is my sick leave recorded?

The Pay Centre does not have access to your departmental leave system. Therefore, it is your responsibility for requesting and receiving authorization for any absences from the office through your departmental leave system.

In the event your department does not have a departmental leave system, your authorized leave request form will be forwarded to the Pay Centre for recording your leave usage.

If I have accumulated sick leave and subsequently leave the public service, will I be paid the balance of sick leave?

Earned, but unused, sick leave credits are not paid out upon leaving the public service.

If I was laid-off and am reappointed in the public service within two years of the date of lay-off, am I entitled to the previously earned sick leave?

Sick leave that you had earned in the public service prior to your lay-off will be restored if you are reappointed within two years of the lay-off date. Refer to the relevant authorities such as your collective agreement and/or the various terms and conditions of employment specific to your classification group for additional information.

If my term employment ended as a result of the end of my specified period employment, and I have been reappointed within one year of the end of the specified period employment, am I entitled to the previous earned sick leave?

Sick leave credits that you had previously earned during a specified period of employment will be restored if you are appointed in the public service within the year. Refer to the relevant authorities such as your collective agreement and/or the various terms and conditions of employment specific to your classification group for additional information.

What if I become ill or injured and do not have sufficient sick leave to cover the period of my absence?

If you become ill or have an injury, and do not have sufficient leave credits to cover the illness or injury, your manager may advance you credits. The advanced leave will be deducted from any subsequently earned sick leave credits. Refer to the relevant authorities such as your collective agreement and/or the various terms and conditions of employment specific to your classification group for additional information.

You should also be aware that you can request a leave of absence due to illness or injury. This type of leave is not covered in your collective agreement or terms and conditions of employment; however, it is provided for under Appendix B of the Directive on Leave and Special Working Arrangements.

If sick leave credits are advanced to me because of an injury, and injury-on-duty leave is subsequently approved by a workers’ compensation authority for the same period, what will happen?

If you were advanced sick leave credits to cover a period while awaiting approval of injury-on-duty leave which is subsequently approved, the sick leave will be replaced by the period of approved injury-on-duty leave. Refer to the relevant authorities such as your collective agreement and/or the various terms and conditions of employment specific to your classification group for additional information. for additional information.

If I have been advanced sick leave, will it be recovered if I leave the public service before it is repaid?

The Pay Centre will recover the amount equivalent to any unearned leave from any monies owing, if you leave the public service before the advanced leave is recovered for any reason other than for incapacity, death or lay-off. Refer to the relevant authorities such as your collective agreement and/or the various terms and conditions of employment specific to your classification group for additional information.

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