LEAVES

Disclaimer: This page contains general information on the leaves available to CUASA members. In the event of a conflict between the information on this page and the collective agreement, the agreement should be taken as correct.

OVERVIEW
OVERVIEW
LEAVE WITHOUT PAY
LEAVE WITHOUT PAY
PARENTAL LEAVE
PARENTAL LEAVE
SICK LEAVE
SICK LEAVE
ANNUAL LEAVE
ANNUAL LEAVE
STATUTORY HOLIDAYS
STATUTORY HOLIDAYS
COMPASSIONATE LEAVE
COMPASSIONATE LEAVE
ACADEMIC/ PROFESSIONAL LEAVE
ACADEMIC/ PROFESSIONAL LEAVE
COURT OR POLITICAL LEAVE
COURT OR POLITICAL LEAVE

LEAVE OVERVIEW

There are a various types of leaves available to CUASA members:

• Leaves without Pay
• Maternity and Parental Leave
• Sick Leave
• Annual Leave
• Statutory Holidays
• Compassionate Leave
• Court Leave
• Political Leave
• Academic or Professional Development Leave

If you have any questions about the leaves on this page or for information on application processes, please contact the CUASA Office.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE WITHOUT PAY (ARTICLE 20.1)

Members may apply for leaves of absence without pay. These leaves will normally be no more than 2 years in length and may be for either compassionate or other reasons.

With the exception of leaves of absence without pay for compassionate reasons, applications must be made at least 6 months before the start of the leave. As such, it is important to apply early.

Although members are on leave, they will still be considered for career development increments. They will not accumulate credit toward sabbatical, tenure or promotion.

Please note: Members must continue as part of the benefit plan for the period of unpaid leave. The full cost is paid by the member on leave.

If you are considering a leave of absence without pay, be sure to consult with CUASA.

MATERNITY & PARENTAL LEAVE (ARTICLE 20.7)

Eligibility for Maternity and Parental Leave

Generally, you are eligible for maternity and parental leave if you hold:

• a continuing position; or,
• a term position of more than one year; or,
• a term position of of year or less but are in the second or subsequent consecutive year of appointment.

Notice of Leave

Members are required to give fifteen (15) weeks notice, with medical documentation, prior to the birth of the child.

Leave Options

The following is a very basic overview of maternity and parental leave options at Carleton. No two situations are the same and you are strongly encouraged to contact CUASA for specific advice.

Option 1: This option requires members to be eligible for Employment Insurance maternity and parental benefits (this is most CUASA members). The EI benefit, plus a top-up from Carleton, provides:

• 17 weeks of maternity leave at 95% salary.
• 35 weeks of parental leave, shared between the parents, at 95% salary.

Option 2: This option does not require members to be eligible for Employment Insurance maternity and parental benefits. Carleton will provide:

• 12 weeks maternity leave at 100% of salary plus 5 weeks of unpaid leave where benefit coverage is continued.
• 35 weeks of parental leave, shared between the parents, at 95% salary.

Adoptive Parents

Provided EI approves benefits, an adoptive parent is entitled to a maximum of 37 weeks of parental leave that is topped-up by the employer to 95% of salary. Total paid leave is 37 weeks.

SICK LEAVE (ARTICLE 20.5)

In the event of illness, CUASA members may be absent from work for up to 180 days or until the Long Term Disability Plan comes into effect.

For illnesses lasting more than 5 days, the Employer may request a medical certificate indicating that the member is unable to work. If the absence lasts more than 3 months, the Employer may require a medical examination by a doctor of the member’s choice.

ANNUAL LEAVE (ARTICLE 20.8)

CUASA faculty and instructor members are entitled to 1 calendar month of annual leave per year.

CUASA librarians are entitled to 22 working days annual leave during the first 14 years of service. After the 14th year of service, librarians are entitled to 25 working days annual leave.

STATUTORY HOLIDAYS

Statutory holidays for faculty and instructor members are determined by past practice.

CUASA librarians receive the following statutory holidays off work:

• New Year’s Day
• Family Day
• Good Friday
• Easter Monday*
• Victoria Day
• Canada Day
• Civic Holiday (August)
• Labour Day
• Thanksgiving
• Christmas Day
• Boxing Day
• One half day prior to Christmas or New Year’s Day

The University is also normally closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

*If a librarian works on Easter Monday, they will receive an alternate day off with pay.

COMPASSIONATE LEAVE

CUASA members are entitled to compassionate leave where there are circumstances in the member’s life which may require such an absence (for example, the death or serious illness of a family member).

Normally compassionate leave will not exceed 5 working days, but this may be extended by the Dean or University Librarian.

Members may also apply for extended unpaid leave for compassionate reasons. There may be
compensation available in these cases from Employment Insurance. Contact the CUASA Office for more information.

LEAVE FOR ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (ARTICLE 20.2)

In order to satisfy the University’s need for particular skills and qualifications, the Employer may approve leaves for academic and professional development with full, partial or without pay.

In the case of these leaves, the member will continue to accumulate sabbatical, tenure and promotion credits. They shall also be eligible for career development increments.

For more information, please contact the CUASA Office.

COURT & POLITICAL LEAVE (ARTICLES 20.3 & 20.4)

Court Leave (Article 20.4)

In the event that a member is called to be a witness or juror by any body in Canada with the power of subpoena, the member will be granted paid leave.

Political Leave (Article 20.3)

Members who are candidates for political office are eligible to apply for leave with pay (for Parliament or Provincial/National Legislature) or leave without pay (for other elected office), provided the employee provides notice and cooperates with arranging substitutions for academic commitments.

If elected, the member is entitled to leave of absence without pay for the term of office. If the member is elected for a second term (unless, in the case of Parliament or Legislature, the election occurs within 24 months of the original election), the member’s employment is terminated.

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