Article 15 - Compassionate Leave
Regular employees are entitled to paid compassionate leave to deal with the death of a family member or relative as listed in the article. Members may also be granted paid time for travelling.
The time off for compassionate leave does not have to be consecutive and does not have to be at the time of death. The leave is for the purpose of grieving and the process of grieving for each individual is different.
Full-time employees are entitled to 22.5 hours for compassionate leave with an additional 7.5 hours available under the Article 20 - Special Leave provisions.
Members are entitled to take compassionate leave in the event of the death of a spouse, son, daughter, mother, father, (or alternatively step-parent, or foster parent) sister, brother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, legal guardian, legal ward, or grandparents, step-child, grandchild and relative permanently residing in the employee's household or with whom the employee permanently resides.
Travel for compassionate leave
If travel is required, an additional 15 hours with pay are available under this article and an additional 7.5 hours under the Article 20 - Special Leave provisions. This time can only be claimed for travel on days when the member was scheduled to work.
The employer is obliged to honour requests for compassionate leave, and must make every effort to grant additional compassionate leave of absence without pay if requested by the member.
It is not necessary for a member to prove that she requires the time off.
Compassionate leave under Article 15 is not pro-rated for part-timers. However, the additional time off under Article 20 - Special Leave is prorated for part-timers.
Generally speaking, the purpose of these provisions of the contract is to ensure that members do not lose income because of the time off required to grieve a death in the family. Compassionate leave is not available if a member is on an unpaid leave of absence.
Let’s explain this. Alice, a full-time Pharmacist, loses her mother. Alice must travel to the United Kingdom for the funeral. Under the collective agreement she is entitled to 30 hours of compassionate leave and 22.5 hours for travel for compassionate leave. In total, Alice may take seven (7) workings days off to grieve the loss of her mother.