1. Compassionate Care
15.1.1 Family Medical Leave or Critical Illness Leave granted to a teacher
under this Article shall be in accordance with the provisions of the
Employment Standards Act, as amended.
15.1.2 The teacher will provide to the employer such evidence as necessary
to prove entitlement under the ESA.
15.1.3 A teacher contemplating taking such leave(s) shall notify the
employer of the intended date the leave is to begin and the
anticipated date of return to active employment.
15.1.4 Seniority and experience continue to accrue during such leave(s).
15.1.5 Where a teacher is on such leave(s), the Employer shall continue to
pay its share of the benefit premiums, where applicable. To
maintain participation and coverage under the Collective Agreement,
the teacher must agree to provide for payment for the teacher’s
share of the benefit premiums, where applicable.
15.1.6 In order to receive pay for such leaves, a teacher must access
Employment Insurance and the Supplemental Employment Benefit
(SEB) in accordance with 15.1.7 to 15.1.10, if allowable by
legislation. An employee who is eligible for E.I. is not entitled to
benefits under a school board’s sick leave and short term leave and
Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB)
15.1.7 The Employer shall provide for permanent teachers who access such
leaves, a SEB plan to top up their E.I. Benefits. The permanent
teacher who is eligible for such leave shall receive 100% salary for a
period not to exceed eight (8) weeks provided the period falls within
the school year and during a period for which the permanent teacher
would normally be paid. The SEB Plan pay will be the difference
between the gross amount the teacher receives from E.I. and their
regular gross pay.
15.1.8 Long Term Occasional Teachers with an assignment of at least
ninety-seven (97) school days in length shall also be eligible for the
SEB plan with the length of the benefit limited by the term of the
15.1.9 SEB payments are available only to supplement E.I. benefits during
the absence period as specified in this plan.
15.1.10 The teacher must provide the Board with proof that he/she has
applied for and is in receipt of employment insurance benefits in
accordance with the Employment Insurance Act, as amended, before
SEB is payable.
The 3 types of caregiving benefits
|Benefit name||Maximum weeks payable||Who you are providing care to|
|Family caregiver benefit for children||up to 35 weeks||A critically ill or injured person under 18|
|Family caregiver benefit for adults||up to 15 weeks||A critically ill or injured person 18 or over|
|Compassionate care benefits||up to 26 weeks||A person of any age who requires end-of-life care|
1.2. Sick Leave Response
- the first 11 days are paid @ 100% of salary
- on the 12th day, you automatically start the Short Term Disability (STDLP) Leave Plan - 120 days paid @ 90% of salary
- if you have any top-up days (check myPortal) they are automatically applied to top up your 90% days to 100% days
Timeline for Sick Days
If you were off the first day of work for the 2020-2021 school year then your sick days will run out on March 31, 2021
What happens to my pension and benefits on leave?
What happens after using up all Sick Days and I am still sick?
Well prior to the expiration of sick days you need to contact the Unit Office and request a Long Term Disability (LTD) package. The process requires you to fill out several applications and to have your medical team send supporting medical files to the insurer, OTIP. This process can be lengthy and can take approximately 15 weeks. Please ensure you leave enough time to meet the timelines.
Please note: MyPortal sick day usage totals will not be accurate while you are on medical leave. In order to avoid any disruption to pay cycles for members on leave, the Board's payroll system will reflect that the entire sick day allocation of 120 days paid at 90% has been used. If a member is medically cleared to return to work before all sick days are utilized, the payroll system will automatically replace all unused days.