Update on New Agreement - Personal Leave

The Agreement is signed and approved. There are several changes from the previous agreement. In particular, there are some changes to personal days, which are worth noting.

The good news is that it is much easier to take personal leave than it was in the last agreement, so more people will be able to make use of this benefit. There is no longer a prescribed list of possible reasons to take leave. There are some common reasons listed in the article as examples, but the length of leave is no longer tied to the specific reason given, and it is possible to take leave for reasons not specified.

The bad news is that the total number of days for personal leave have been reduced to 6 days from 10. The remaining 4 days are now in a separate article for bereavement, which can be taken as many times as required in a year.

Article 24 - Paid Personal or Emergency Leave

Personal or Emergency Leave is designed to assist a Permanent employee in coping with emergencies or uncontrollable personal matters that affect the employee or the employee’s immediate family which are not provided for under another provision of the Collective Agreement. Personal or Emergency leave is limited to six (6) days without loss of pay per calendar year. All leaves are subject to the following:

  • Personal or Emergency absences must be pre-approved. Absences that extend beyond three (3) consecutive work days require Manager approval.
  • Requests for personal or emergency leave will be made a minimum of one (1) week in advance except in exceptional circumstances.
  • Examples of circumstances under which Personal or Emergency leave may be approved include illness within the immediate family; moving of household effects; birth or adoption proceedings of an Employee’s child.
  • Immediate family means the Employee’s spouse or any of the following relations of an Employee or their spouse: parents, guardian, grandparent, grandchild, son, daughter, brother, sister or the husband or wife of any of them (including step-relations). Immediate family shall be deemed to also include individuals for whom the Employee has legal guardianship responsibilities.
  • Leave shall be limited to the time required to attend to the circumstance.