This directive describes types of special leave for managers and opted out or excluded
employees, the maximum number of days allowed for each circumstance, and management
flexibility in administering special leave.
Entitlements for bargaining unit employees are contained in the Collective
Special leave is leave granted with pay to allow employees to deal with personal
situations that arise outside the workplace. The maximum leave available is 10 days in a calendar year except with the approval of the deputy head.
An employees manager or supervisor will grant special leave with pay at the
employees regular salary as follows:
up to ten days for illness if the employees spouse, benefit
partner, child, parents, or spouses parent or benefit partner's parent is sick
up to ten days in the event of the death of the employees spouse or
benefit partner or the death of any of the following relatives of an employee, spouse or benefit partner: father, mother, guardian, parent-in-law, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother, sister, or the spouse or benefit partner of any of them
if these illnesses or deaths result in the employee traveling long distances or to remote areas; travel time is allowable within the ten days specified for illness and bereavement above
up to two days if the employee has been named an executor or appointed administrator of an estate
one day in each 12-month period if the employee has to move during working hours
up to two days if the employee is the victim of a flood, fire, or other similar disaster
time off as approved by the employees supervisor to write examinations for courses approved by the department
up to one day to attend a funeral as a pall-bearer or mourner
up to one day to attend adoption proceedings or to be present at the birth of the employees child
up to one day to attend a formal hearing to become a Canadian citizen
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The total special leave an employee may be granted in any calendar year will not exceed
ten work days without the approval of the deputy head.
The maximums identified for each kind of special leave are work days in a
calendar year unless otherwise specified. They will apply for each instance for
which an employee requests special leave.
A deputy head may exceed the maximums identified for each instance of special leave for a
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About this Directive
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