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HSAS & North East EMS: April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2026

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ARTICLE 24 – SICK LEAVE

24.01     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 Workers’ Compensation. All employees shall be eligible for a maximum of six (6) sick days with pay per year. (For example, an employee who works nine-hundred and ten (910) hours in a year shall be credited with three (3) sick leave day credits for the next calendar year). Any unused sick days in a year shall be carried forward for use in future years, to the maximum amount that is equivalent to the waiting or qualifying period for short term disability. For both of the situations above, a deduction from the annual sick leave credits shall be made to cover, if sufficient credits are available, the number of hours lost due to illness or injury.

24.02     Certification of Illness/Disability

The Employer reserves the right to request a medical certificate in respect of absence due to illness or disability. This certificate shall be requested prior to or during such illness or disability.

24.03     Deductions from Sick Leave Credits

For employees who are unable to work due to illness or injury while scheduled to work an eight (8) hour shift (Tango 1 or Tango 2), a deduction shall be made from accumulated sick leave credits for all normal working hours (exclusive of Statutory Holidays).

For employees who are unable to work due to illness or injury while scheduled to work a Tango 3 or Zulu 1 shift, the employee shall receive the guaranteed minimum amount that would normally be paid for the shift.

For both of the situations above, a deduction from the annual sick leave credits shall be made to cover, if sufficient credits are available, the number of hours lost due to illness or injury.

24.04     Addictions

The Employer recognizes that alcohol and drug dependencies are illnesses. In the event a performance issue arises and an Employee identifies to her Employer that she is suffering from an alcohol and/or drug dependency, such Employee shall be afforded the opportunity to seek treatment. The Employee shall have access to unused sick leave credits, short-term and long-term disability benefits (subject to the terms of the benefit plans) and, where requested, shall provide confirmation of participation in an appropriate treatment plan.

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