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Sick leave

Sick leave is available for periods when you are unable to perform your regular work duties due to illness or an accident.

While on sick leave, you are entitled to 100% of your base salary and benefits for a period of 119 calendar days. Your salary and benefits are reduced if you receive any governmental agency or private insurance allowance.

Conditions

To benefit from sick leave, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Advise your supervisor at the beginning of the absence. Should you work shifts, advise your supervisor at least two (2) hours before the beginning of your shift.
  • Should your absence exceed consecutive working days, you must provide a medical note to the Health and Wellness sector of Human Resources. Health and Wellness must receive your medical note working days after your return to work.
  • Should you be absent for more than 10 consecutive working days, you must provide a medical certificate to the Health and Wellness sector of Human Resources. Health and Wellness must receive your medical certificate 20 calendar days after your first day of absence.

Difference between a medical note and a medical certificate

A medical note is any note or certificate provided by a doctor’s office. A medical certificate is a University document that you must bring to the doctor's office.

Your note or certificate must include the following information: the date of consultation, dates of absence, the doctor’s name, registration number and signature.

Renewing your sick leave

To renew your 119 day period, you must return to work for:

  • one complete work day, if the reason for your second leave is completely un related to the reason for your first leave, or
  • 30 consecutive calendar days, if the reason for your second leave is the same as for your first.

Medical examination

At any time during your sick leave, the University may require that you undergo an independent medical examination by a University-appointed doctor to determine if you are eligible for sick leave benefits. The University pays for the examination.

Medical appointments

To minimize the impact of your absence on your work sector, you should try at all times to schedule your medical appointments outside of work hours or at the beginning or end of the workday. You are entitled to a maximum of two (2) consecutives hours for each preventive or diagnostic appointment with a doctor, dentist or optometrist. If you require more time, this time counts as sick leave unless you make it up in work hours.

Leave Management System

When you return to work, you must enter your leave in the FAST leave management system (on-campus access only).