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July 23, 2009

New Directive on leave under review by union

The recently issued Directive on Leave and Special Working Relationships has triggered concern among members, especially the provisions dealing with time off for personal medical and dental appointments. CEIU has asked the PSAC’s legal department to review the Directive and will report the analysis and conclusions as soon as they become available.

In the past, members were governed by provisions that included paid leave for medical appointments related to a particular complaint:

Medical and dental appointments

It is the practice of the employer to grant leave for up to half a day for medical and dental appointments without charge to the employee’s leave credits. This, however, applies only in the case of routine, periodic check-ups or an appointment related to a particular complaint.

Where a series of continuing appointments are necessary for treatment of a particular condition, absences are to be charged to sick leave.

The new provisions on medical and dental appointments have eliminated the paid time off for medical appointments dealing with a particular complaint:

2.2.3 Time off for personal medical and dental appointments

In the core public administration, it is the practice for the employer to grant paid time off, for up to half a day, for persons to attend their own personal medical and dental appointments without charge to their leave credits in cases of routine, periodic check-ups. When a series of continuing medical or dental appointments are necessary for treatment of a particular condition, persons with the delegated authority ensure that absences are to be charged to the person’s sick leave credits.

When the results of the legal review of the Directive are available, they will be posted on the CEIU website.

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