- Pregnancy / Maternity Leave
- Adoption Leave
- Parental Leave
- Paternity Leave
- Sick Leaves
- Bereavement Leave
- Paid Leaves
- Unpaid Leaves
Employees shall be entitled to vacation pay as follows:
|Length of Continuous Service||Vacation Entitlement|
|1 month||1 day|
|2 months||3 days|
|3 months||4 days|
|4 months||5 days|
|5 months||6 days|
|6 months||8 days|
|7 months||9 days|
|8 months||10 days|
|9 months||11 days|
|10 months||13 days|
|11 months||14 days|
|1 year||15 days|
|6 years||16 days|
|7 years||17 days|
|8 years||18 days|
|9 years||19 days|
|10 years||20 days|
|12 years||21 days|
|14 years||22 days|
|15 years||25 days|
Employees who have completed 13 weeks of service with the University and present a doctor’s certificate or certificate from a midwife confirming the pregnancy and probable date of delivery are entitled to a leave of absence of up to 17 weeks.
For employees with one year of service or more, the University will pay 95% of salary during the two week waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, and for the next 16 weeks, will pay the difference between EI benefits and 95% of salary, provided that the employee applies for and receives EI benefits.
Employees, excluding temporary or casual staff, shall be permitted a leave of absence with full pay and benefits if there is a known or suspected case of German measles or any other condition in the workplace that may be harmful to the pregnancy.
Contact the Family Care Office for a Maternity Leave kit.
Employees who have completed one year of service are entitled to a maximum leave of 17 weeks and are eligible for the University SUB Benefit, which pays 95 percent of salary during the two week waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits; and for the remainder of the leave, the University will pay the difference between EI benefits to 95 percent of salary.
Adoption Leave does not apply to adoptions that arise through the blending of families.
Contact the Family Care Office for a Primary Caregiver/Adoption Leave kit.
Employees who have completed 13 weeks of service with the University are entitled to an unpaid parental leave following the birth or the coming of a child into a parent’s custody, care and control for the first time. Both parents are eligible to take a parental leave as follows:
- Up to 35 weeks for birth mothers.
- Up to 37 weeks for all other new parents, such as birth fathers, adoptive parents and same-sex partners.
For employees who take pregnancy leave, parental leave commences at the end of the pregnancy leave or when the baby first comes into custody, care and control of the birth mother.
For other parents, parental leave must commence within the 52 weeks following the baby’s birth or after the child first comes into the custody, care and control of a parent.
Employees with one year of service or more are eligible for the University SUB Benefit, which pays 95 per cent of regular salary during the two week waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) benefit; and for the next 8 weeks, the University will pay the difference between EI benefits to 95 per cent of regular salary, provided the employee applies for and receives EI benefits. During the paid portion of the parental leave, full benefits will continue through regular payroll deductions.
Please Note: This provision is not available to employees who have taken Adoption Leave.
Contact the Family Care Office for a Parental Leave kit.
Fathers and same-sex parents are granted up to five days’ paid leave of absence upon the birth or adoption of a child.
Short-Term Sick Leave
Employees will be granted sick leave with full salary for up to 15 weeks each year during unavoidable absence due to illness or injury not compensable under the provisions of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.
Sick leave does not apply to employees whose employment has expired.
Probationary employees may be granted up to five days paid sick leave for absences due to illness or injury.
Long-Term Disability (LTD)
- Employees who continue to be sick beyond the 15 week period may apply for LTD.
- LTD provides employees with 70 percent of their University salary, up to a maximum insurable salary of $125,000 per annum.
- Once on LTD, premiums for this plan are waived, and participation in the Group Life Insurance Plan and the UT Pension Plan are continued at no cost to the staff member.
Employees will be granted, upon request, up to a maximum of five regularly scheduled consecutive work days without loss of pay in the event of the death of a family member, including:
- common-law spouse
- same-sex partner
- child (including step-child)
- sibling (including step-sibling)
- or a person whose relationship is not defined, but the impact of which is comparable to that of the immediate family.
Personal Leaves – Revised (effective January 2009)
Employees are granted up to four days or eight half-days of paid personal leave of paid family leave/year. Personal leave can be used for, but is not limited to: caring for family members, parent-teacher interviews, school trips or concerts, stepping in when regular care giver is away, the observance of religious holidays, professional appointments, court appearances, moving, supplementing bereavement leave, writing examinations, and attending to emergency situations.
Employees, other than temporary employees, will receive up to five (5) paid leave days per year for professional development courses. Professional development includes: workshops, seminars, conferences and courses.
Such leaves are not subject to carry forward from year to year and may be granted to no more than four employees at any one time.
Jury and Witness Duty
An employee who is called for jury or court duty will receive the difference between normal earnings and the payment received for jury service or court witness.
Leave of Absence for Union Functions
Upon request to the Employer, an employee elected or appointed to represent the Union at conventions shall be allowed leave of absence with pay and benefits. The total of such leaves of absence with pay and benefits shall not exceed six (6) days for all members of the unit (combined) in any one (1) year. Up to an additional fifteen (15) days may be taken without pay.
Upon written request, employees may be granted a leave of absence without pay and without loss of seniority for up to one year, including a one year extension for good reason with University and Union agreement.