Health & Wellness

Sick Leave Allocations

How many sick days do I get each year?

131

On the first day of each school year, your sick leave entitlement is renewed to 131 sick days.

If you are employed in a permanent full-time position, your sick leave entitlement each school year is as follows:

  • 11 sick days at 100% of salary;
  • 120 days which can be a combination of “top-up days” at 100% salary and/or sick days paid at 90 % salary.

Members who hold permanent assignments that are less than full-time have access to a pro-rated sick leave allocation based on their full-time equivalent (FTE) status.

Access to these 120 days can be book through Easy Connect like any other sick day.

What are top-up days?

The remaining balance from the 11 (eleven) sick day allocation of the previous school year can only be used for top-up purposes.  Each remaining top-up day can be used to top up ten (10) short-term sick days.

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Example 1:

If a teacher used 8 sick days last year, then he/she will have access to 3 short-term sick leave top-up days in the current school year (11-8=3).  Each of these top-up days can be used to top up ten (10) short-term sick days.  Therefore, 30 of this year’s short-term sick days (3 X 10=30) can be topped up so the teacher would receive 100% salary for these days.  For the remaining 90 short-term sick days, the teacher would be paid 90% of his/her salary.

11 sick days

30 short-term sick days @ 100% (3 Roll-Over Sick Leave from the previous year)

90 short-term sick days @ 90%

Example 2:

If a teacher used 2 sick days last year, then he/she will have access to 9 short-term sick leave top-up days in the current school year (11-2=9).  Each of these top-up days can be used to top up ten (10) short-term sick days.  Therefore, 90 of the short-term sick days (9 X 10=90) can be topped up so the teacher would receive 100% salary for these days.  For the remaining 30 short-term sick days, the teacher would be paid 90% of his/her salary.

11 sick days

90 short-term sick days @ 100% (9 Roll-Over Sick Leave from the previous year)

30 short-term sick days @ 90%

Interpreting your sick leave in your absence profile

Sick Leave = teachers are allocated 11 days at 100% salary

RollOverSL= roll over sick days are also known as top-up days paid at 100% salary

STLDP = sick days paid at 90% salary’

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Teacher A:

  • 11 days @ 100% salary
  • 110 days @ 100% salary
  • 10 days @ 90% salary

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Teacher B:

  • 11 days @ 100% salary
  • 50 days @ 100% salary
  • 70 days @ 90% salary

 

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Teacher C:

  • 11 days @ 100% salary
  • 20 days @ 100% salary
  • 100 days @ 90% salary

2017 Changes to Sick Leave Plan

In October 2016, the arbitrator determined that the sick leave plan in the 2014-2017 Central Agreements for teachers, occasional teachers and for education workers should be revised to address two specific issues:

First, members returning after the start of a new school year from an illness or injury that occurred in the previous school year would be entitled to their full sick leave upon their return for any new sickness or injury but would need to work 11 days at their full “full-time equivalent” position, in order to access their sick leave for a recurrence of the same illness or injury that prevented them from starting the school year.

Second, members who are recovering from an illness that occurred in the previous school year, and who can only return to work on a part-time basis, are only entitled to receive sick leave that is pro-rated based on the working portion of the member’s day. For example, if a member with a 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) position is only able to return to work on a 0.5 FTE basis, the member would only receive half of their sick leave entitlement (that is 11 half sick leave days and 120 half STLDP days) until the member is able to return to full-time employment. The entitlement can only be used for that portion of the day that the member returned.

This revised sick leave language took effect on January 1, 2017.

For most ETFO members, the revised language does not affect their access to sick leave. On the first day of the school year, most members would receive their full allotment of sick days and STLDP days, as well as any unused top-up days remaining from the previous school year. Most members should have immediate access to sick leave for any absence due to illness or injury on the first day of the school year.

The revised sick leave language will affect only two groups:
• members who have a continuing illness or injury that spans two school years; and
• members who are returning to work on a gradual basis from an absence due to injury or illness.

If you are experiencing a recurring illness or injury that spans two school years or anticipate a gradual return to work from an illness or injury, you should contact your ETFO local office or staff in Professional Relations Services at the provincial office immediately to assist you.

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