The following information regarding the Company’s Policy on Compassionate Care is strictly for reference purposes only and it is expressly understood and acknowledged by the Union that its contents do not form part of this Collective Agreement. This notwithstanding, it is recognized that individual employee concerns flowing from the application of the Compassionate Care Policy must be resolved without delay. To this end, the Company is committed to addressing all such issues in a timely fashion with the intent to resolve all such issues expeditiously.
Every employee is entitled to and shall be granted a maximum of eight (8) weeks leave from their employment within a 26 week window to care for an ill family member who has a “significant risk of death within six months” (medical certificate is required), and who requires one or more family members to provide emotional support and arrange or directly provide health care.
A family member is defined as:
the employee’s spouse or common law partner;
the employee’s child or the child of the employee’s spouse or common law partner;
the employee’s parent or the spouse or common law partner of the employee’s parent.
Common law partner is defined as a person who is cohabitating with the individual in a conjugal relationship, having so cohabitated for a period of at least one year.
The eight (8) weeks leave does not have to be taken consecutively, however periods of leave must be at least one week at a time.
The aggregate leave may be taken by two (2) or more care giving family members.
Pension, health, disability benefits and seniority shall continue to accumulate during leave. Employer contributions shall also continue, unless employee contributions are required and the employee fails to make them.
In addition to leave, an employee may be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. To be eligible, an employee requires 600 insurable hours.
Eligible employees can receive up to six (6) weeks EI benefits. There is a two (2) week waiting period.
Two (2) or more family members can share Compassionate Care benefits, however, the total benefits remain at six (6) weeks.
Employees may also be granted unpaid leaves of absence on compassionate grounds for reasons other than the above on the authority of their supervisory manager provided the conditions warrant such leave.