28.01 Definition of Sick Leave
Sick leave means the period of time an Employee is absent from work because of disability due to illness or injury not covered by Workers’ Compensation.
28.02 Reporting of Absence
An Employee who will be absent from duty as a result of sickness or disability shall notify her immediate supervisor or designate as soon as possible prior to the commencement of her scheduled shift. By failing to do so, except in extenuating circumstances, the Employee shall be considered absent without leave and the Employer may make a deduction in pay for the time which expires between the time the Employee should have reported for work, and the time at which the Employee reported her sickness or disability.
28.03 Certification of Illness or Disability
The Employer reserves the right to request a medical certificate with respect to absence due to illness or disability. This certificate shall be requested prior to or during such illness, disability or medical transport. Employees will not be paid for sick leave if the certificate is not received within five (5) days except in extenuating circumstances
28.04 Accumulation of Sick Leave Credits
Full-time Employees shall accumulate sick leave credits at the rate of one and one-quarter (1¼) days per month worked up to a maximum of sixty (60) days. Other-than-full-time Employees shall earn sick leave credits on a pro-rata basis.
After one (1) month of continuous employment, each full-time and other-than-full-time Employee shall be entitled to access sick leave credits accrued from the day of commencement of employment.
Employees will be expected to utilize the short-term disability plan for any illness that lasts more than five (5) days. Should the insurer not accept the Employee’s claim for any reason the Employee will continue to have access to her sick leave bank.
28.05 Deductions from Sick Leave Credits
(a) For full-time Employees, a deduction shall be made from accumulated sick leave credits for all normal working hours (exclusive of public holidays) absent for sick leave.
(b) Other-than-full-time Employees shall have access to accrued sick leave credits during the posted and confirmed period for shifts scheduled prior to becoming ill. Outside the posted and confirmed period, access to accrued sick leave credits will be based on their letter of appointment, or the average number of paid hours in the fifty-two (52) weeks preceding the illness, whichever is greater.
(c) Casual Employees shall have access to accrued sick leave credits during the posted and confirmed period for shifts scheduled prior to becoming ill. Outside the posted and confirmed period, a casual Employee who remains unable to work due to illness shall have access to sick leave credits based on the average number of paid hours in the fifty two (52) weeks preceding the illness, or since date of hire, whichever is less, provided the Employee has worked a minimum of seven hundred and eighty (780) hours during that period.