Sick leaves and special leaves
A) Sick leave
(Chapter 12 of the Decree)
All regular (permanent) employees have a sick leave accumulation.
When they are sick, the employer draws from this accumulation to pay them.
Accumulation of sick leave
At each pay period, the regular (permanent) employee accumulates sick leave hours equal to 2.44% of their paid hours. The accumulation is in hours.
You must keep a register of this accumulation and indicate the cumulative on the pay stub of the employee.
Deduction from the accumulation when the employee is sick. (Articles 12.03, 12.04)
When the employee is sick, he must:
- inform the employer on the first day of the sick leave.
- bring a medical certificate if the employer asks for one when the employee calls or during the sick leave.
If the employee fulfils these two requirements, the employer pays the sick leave hours and deducts these hours from the employee's sick leave accumulation.
Payable sick leave hours accumulation
Once a year, between November 1st and December 10th, part of the sick leave accumulation must be paid out, if applicable. To know if you must pay part of the sick leave accumulation, you must calculate the amount payable for excess hours.
Before November 30th, you must give a copy of your calculation to the employee and send one to the Parity Committee.
Before December 10th, you must pay the payable hours when it is the case.
B) Special leaves for family events
(Chapter 9 of the Decree)
For certain events such as wedding, death, birth etc., the employee may obtain a paid leave following certain conditions.
(To know all the conditions, consult Section 9 of the Decree)
An employee may also obtain a maternity leave.
(Section 9.08 of the Decree and 5.2 in this guide)
- What is the Decree respecting Building Service Employees?
- What is the Parity Committee?
- What are the obligations of the employer?
- The Act respecting Labour Standards and the Act respecting Collective Agreement Decrees