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Vacation

There have been a number of questions put forward by members with respect to their vacation cut short by the federal advisory to return home, vacation booked for the coming weeks that members wish to cancel, and the possibility of the Employer cancelling approved vacation.

What we know:

AS OF APRIL 27, 2020

Some members have requested to cancel and defer their approved vacations to a later time- outside the period of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Employer has indicated that the intention is to continue to deal with each request received, on a case by case basis. 

HSAS has continued and will continue to advocate on behalf of HSAS members, drawing attention to the unreasonableness of managers forcing members to take their approved vacations during the Covid-19 pandemic.    

From our perspective we would advise that you make your request, citing current circumstances and let us know if your request is denied at labourrelations@hsas.ca.

Article 13.12 states that if your Employer has called you back from vacation to go to work, you would be paid at 2X your regular rate of pay. When the work is completed you can decide whether to reschedule the unused vacation at a mutually agreed to time in the future or to resume and complete the remainder of those scheduled vacation days.

Additionally, where your Employer has required you to cancel your vacation, you would get reimbursed for any unrecoverable expenses upon providing those receipts. 

If you have concerns related to your vacation, please email labourrelations@hsas.ca.

AS OF MARCH 22, 2020:

Questions pertaining to members’ vacations have been asked by all the healthcare unions at the daily meetings with the Ministry of Health and the SHA.  The Employer does not have an answer as to how they intend to respond to members’ requests to defer their approved vacation to a later date, other than to say that it would be handled on a case by case basis; member by member.

From our perspective we would advise that you make your request, citing current circumstances and if your request is denied please contact us at labourrelations@hsas.ca.

Article 13.12 says that if you are called back from vacation to go to work, you would be paid at 2X your regular rate of pay. When the work is completed you can decide whether to reschedule the unused vacation at a mutually agreed to time in the future or to resume and complete the remainder of those scheduled vacation days.

Where the Employer requires you to cancel your vacation, you would get reimbursed for any unrecoverable expenses upon providing those receipts.

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