OPSEU Local 519: Vacations & Leaves

  • Vacation
  • Pregnancy / Maternity Leave
  • Primary Caregiver Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Sick Leaves
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Paid Leaves
  • Unpaid Leaves of Absence

Vacation

Employees accrue vacation on a monthly basis based on length of continuous service as of their employment date as follows:

Length of Continuous Service Accrued Monthly Length of Vacation Time Off (Working Hours)
1 to 60 months 10.00 hours
61 to 72 months 10.67 hours
73 to 84 months 11.33 hours
85 to 96 months 12.00 hours
97 to 108 months 12.67 hours
109 to 132 months 13.33 hours
133 to 156 months 14.00 hours
157 to 168 months 14.67 hours
169 months or more 16.67 hours

Vacations will be taken at a time that is mutually satisfactory to the employee and the Employer. Employees may be permitted to carry over a maximum of forty (40) hours of vacation entitlement to the following year with written approval from the supervisor.

Pregnancy / Maternity Leave

Employees who have completed 13 weeks of employment 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 15 weeks,will pay the difference between EI benefits and 95% of salary, provided that the employee applies for and receives EI benefits.

Contact the Family Care Office for a Maternity Leave kit.

Primary Caregiver Leave

This leave is available to a parent, other than the biological mother, who has the primary responsibility for the care of a child immediately following the birth of a child; or the coming of a child into the custody, care, and control of a parent for the first time.

Employees who have completed one year of service or more are eligible for the University SUB Benefit, which pays 95 percent of regular salary during the two week waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits; and for the next ten weeks, the University will pay the difference between EI benefits to 95 percent of regular salary, provided the employee applies for and receives EI benefits.

In cases of adoption, Primary Caregiver 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.

Parental Leave

Employees who have completed 13 weeks of service with the University are entitled to an unpaid parental leave following the birth or 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.

Contact the Family Care Office for a Parental Leave kit.

Paternity Leave

Fathers and same-sex parents are granted up to two days’ paid leave of absence upon the birth or adoption of a child.

Sick Leaves

Full-time salaried employees who have completed ninety (90) working days shall be eligible to be granted sick leave with pay for periods of up to 15 weeks during unavoidable absence due to illness or injury not compensable under the provisions of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

In each calendar year commencing December 1, sick leave with pay will be granted in accordance with the following provisions:

  • commencing with the fifth period of absence due to illness, no pay will be granted for the first day of sick leave.
  • commencing with the sixth period of absence due to illness, no pay will be granted for the first two days of sick leave.
  • commencing with the seventh or any subsequent period of absence due to illness, no pay will be granted for the first three days of sick leave.

An employee who is absent due to illness for more than 24 consecutive working hours, or two consecutive shifts shall provide within eight consecutive days from the absence a certificate from a licensed physician, stating the prognosis, the date of examination, and the probable date of return to work.

Employees who continue to be sick beyond the 15 week period may apply for long term disability.

Bereavement Leave

Employees will be granted a maximum three days of paid leave in the event of the death of an immediate family member or a member of the household, including:

  • spouse
  • same-sex partner
  • parent
  • child (including step-child)
  • sibling (including step-brother, step-sister)
  • parent-in-law
  • grandparent
  • guardian
  • ward
  • or a person whose relationship is not defined, but impacts of which is comparable to that of the immediate family, e.g. a close friend.

Paid Leaves

Family Leave

Employees are granted up to two eight (8) hour days or four half-days of paid family leave/year.

Family 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.

Floating Leave

Employees are granted up to two eight (8) hour days or four half-days of paid floating leave/year.

Floating leaves can be used for, but are not limited to: observance of religious holidays, professional appointments, court appearances, moving, supplementing bereavement or family leave, writing examinations, and attending emergency situations.

Jury and Witness Duty

An employee who is subpoenaed or summonsed to a tribunal or judicial proceeding or called for jury duty will receive the difference between normal earnings and payment received for attendance.

Unpaid Leaves of Absence

An employee may be granted a leave of absence without pay for valid personal reasons upon applying for and being granted the leave in writing, including requests for any extensions.

Conventions and Seminars

Upon written request, employees may be granted an unpaid leave of absence for no more than two employees on the St. George Campus and no more than one employee on each of the Scarborough and Mississauga campuses at any one time. Such leaves are confined to attendance at a convention or educational seminar and shall not exceed 20 working days in total for the bargaining unit in any calendar year.