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22.01 An employee shall earn sick leave credits at the rate of nine decimal three seven five (9.375) hours for each calendar month for which the employee receives pay for at least seventy-five (75) hours.
22.02 An employee shall be granted sick leave with pay when the employee is unable to perform his or her duties because of illness or injury provided that:
(a) the employee satisfies the Employer of this condition in such a manner and at such a time as may be determined by the Employer,
(b) the employee has the necessary sick leave credits.
22.03 Unless otherwise informed by the Employer, a statement signed by the employee stating that because of illness or injury he or she was unable to perform his or her duties, shall, when delivered to the Employer, be considered as meeting the requirements of paragraph 22.02(a).
22.04 When an employee has insufficient or no credits to cover the granting of sick leave with pay under the provisions of clause 22.02, sick leave with pay may, at the discretion of the Employer, be granted to an employee for a period of up to one hundred and eighty-seven decimal five (187.5) hours subject to the deduction of such advanced leave from any sick leave credits subsequently earned.
22.05 When an employee is granted sick leave with pay and injury-on-duty leave is subsequently approved for the same period, it shall be considered, for the purpose of the record of sick leave credits, that the employee was not granted sick leave with pay.
22.06 Where, in respect of any period of compensatory leave, an employee is granted sick leave with pay on production of a medical certificate, the period of compensatory leave so displaced shall either be added to the compensatory leave period if requested by the employee and approved by the Employer or reinstated for use at a later date.
22.07 Sick leave credits earned but unused by an employee during a previous period of employment in the Public Service shall be restored to an employee whose employment was terminated by reason of layoff and who is reappointed in the Public Service within two (2) years from the date of layoff.
22.08 The Employer agrees that an employee recommended for termination for cause pursuant to Section 11(2)(g) of the Financial Administration Act for reasons of incapacity by reason of ill-health shall not be released at a date earlier than the date at which the employee will have utilized his or her accumulated sick leave credits.
An employee is entitled to a personal learning plan which will be jointly developed with the responsible manager. The personal learning plan will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis at the employee's request.
23.01 Education Leave
(a) An employee may be granted education leave without pay for varying periods up to one (1) year, which can be renewed by mutual agreement, to attend a recognized institution for additional or special studies in some field of education in which special preparation is needed to enable the employee to fill his or her present role more adequately, or to undertake studies in some field in order to provide a service which the Employer requires or is planning to provide.
(b) An employee on education leave under this clause shall receive allowances in lieu of salary equivalent of up to one hundred per cent (100%) of the employee's basic salary provided that where the employee receives a grant, bursary or scholarship, the education leave allowance may be reduced. In such cases, the amount of the reduction shall not exceed the amount of the grant, bursary or scholarship.
(c) Any allowance already being received by the employee and not part of the employee's basic salary shall not be used in the calculation of the education leave allowance.
(d) Allowances already being received by the employee may at the discretion of the Employer be continued during the period of the education leave and the employee shall be notified when the leave is approved whether such allowances are to be continued in whole or in part.
(e) As a condition to the granting of education leave, an employee shall, if required, give a written undertaking prior to the commencement of the leave to return to the service of the Employer for a period of not less than the period of the leave granted. If the employee, except with the permission of the Employer,
(ii) does not resume employment with the Employer on completion of the course,
(iii) ceases to be employed before termination of the period the employee has undertaken to serve after completion of the course,
he or she shall repay the Employer all allowances paid to him or her under this clause during the education leave or such lesser sum as shall be determined by the Employer.
23.02 Attendance at Conferences and Conventions
(a) The parties to this Agreement recognize that the attendance or participation at conferences, conventions, symposia, workshops and other gatherings of a similar nature contributes to the maintenance of high professional standards.
(b) An employee shall have the opportunity, subject to operational requirements, to attend a reasonable number of conferences or conventions related to the employee's field of specialization in order to benefit from an exchange of knowledge and experience with the employee's professional colleagues. The Employer may grant leave with pay and reasonable expenses, including registration fees, to attend such gatherings, subject to budgetary constraints as determined by the Employer.
(c) An employee who attends a conference or convention at the request of the Employer to represent the interests of the Employer shall be deemed to be on duty and, as required, in travel status. The Employer shall pay the registration fees of the conference or convention that the employee is required to attend.
(d) An employee invited to participate in a conference or convention in an official capacity such as to present a formal address or to give a course related to the employee's field of employment, may be granted leave with pay for this purpose and may, in addition, be reimbursed for his or her payment of registration fees and reasonable travel expenses.
(e) An employee shall not be entitled to any compensation under Article 28, Hours of Work and Overtime, in respect of hours the employee is in attendance at a conference or convention under the provisions of this clause.
(f) Compensation shall not be paid under Article 30, Travelling Time, in respect of hours travelling to or from a conference or convention under the provisions of this clause, unless the employee is required to attend by the Employer.
23.03 Professional Development
(a) Because the parties to this Agreement share a desire to improve professional standards, employees may be given the opportunity on occasion subject to operational and budgetary constraints:
(ii) to conduct research or to perform work related to their normal research programs in institutions or locations other than those of the Employer,
(iii) to carry out research in the employee's field of specialization not specifically related to the employee's assigned work projects when in the opinion of the Employer such research is needed to enable the employee to fill his or her present role more adequately.
(b) An employee may apply at any time for professional development under this clause, and the Employer may select an employee at any time for such professional development.
(c) When an employee is selected by the Employer for professional development under this clause the Employer will consult with the employee before determining the location and duration of the program of work or studies to be undertaken.
(d) An employee selected for professional development under this clause will continue to receive his or her normal compensation including any increase for which the employee may become eligible. The employee shall not be entitled to any compensation under Articles 28, Hours of Work and Overtime, and 30, Travelling Time, while on professional development under this clause.
(e) An employee on professional development under this clause may be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses and such other additional expenses as the Employer deems appropriate.
(f) The Employer will ensure the availability for office use of such professional publications as are related to the employees' fields of specialization.
The parties to this Agreement acknowledge the mutual benefits to be derived from consultation on Career Development, and agree to consult on this issue at the departmental and local union level, subject to the provisions of Article 38, Joint Consultation.
23.05 Examination Leave
Leave with pay to write examinations may be granted by the Employer to an employee who is not on educational leave. Such leave will be granted only where, in the opinion of the Employer, the course of study is directly related to the employee's duties or will improve the employee's qualifications.
24.01 The vacation year shall be from April 1st to March 31st of the following calendar year, inclusive.
24.02 An employee shall earn vacation leave credits at the following rate for each calendar month during which the employee receives pay for at least ten (10) days:
(a) nine decimal three seven five (9.375) hours at the employee's straight-time hourly rate until the month in which the anniversary of the employee's eighth (8th) year of service occurs; (fifteen (15) days per year)
(b) twelve decimal five (12.5) hours at the employee's straight-time hourly rate commencing with the month in which the anniversary of the employee's eighth (8th) year of service occurs; (twenty (20) days per year)
(c) thirteen decimal seven five (13.75) hours at the employee's straight-time hourly rate commencing with the month in which the anniversary of the employee's sixteenth (16th) year of service occurs; (twenty-two (22) days per year)
(d) fourteen decimal three seven five (14.375) hours at the employee's straight-time hourly rate commencing with the month in which the anniversary of the employee's seventeenth (17th) year of service occurs; (twenty-three (23) days per year)
(e) fifteen decimal six two five (15.625) hours at the employee's straight-time hourly rate commencing with the month in which the anniversary of the employee's eighteenth (18th) year of service occurs; (twenty-five (25) days per year)
(f) sixteen decimal eight seven five (16.875) hours at the employee's straight-time hourly rate commencing with the month in which the anniversary of the employee's twenty-seventh (27th) year of service occurs; (twenty-seven (27) days per year)
(g) eighteen decimal seven five (18.75) hours at the employee's straight-time hourly rate commencing with the month in which the anniversary of the employee's twenty-eighth (28th) year of service occurs; (thirty (30) days per year)
(h) leave will be scheduled on an hourly basis with the hours debited for each day of vacation leave being the same as the hours the employee would have been scheduled to work on that day or portion thereof;
(i) for the purpose of clause 24.02 only, all service within the Public Service, whether continuous or discontinuous, shall count toward vacation leave except where a person who, on leaving the Public Service, takes or has taken severance pay. However, the above exception shall not apply to an employee who receives severance pay on lay-off and is reappointed to the Public Service within one year following the date of lay-off;
(j) Notwithstanding (i) above, an employee who was a member of the SI bargaining unit on (the date of signing of the collective agreement – May 17, or 18, or 19, 1989) or an employee who became a member of the SI bargaining unit between (the date of signing of the collective agreement – May 17, or 18, or 19, 1989) and May 31, 1990 shall retain, for the purpose of "service" and of establishing his or her vacation entitlement pursuant to this Article, those periods of former service which had previously qualified for counting as continuous employment, until such time as his or her employment in the Public Service is terminated.
24.03 An employee is entitled to vacation leave with pay to the extent of the employee's earned credits. An employee who has completed six (6) months of continuous employment may receive an advance of credits equivalent to the anticipated credits for the vacation year.
24.04 The Employer reserves the right to schedule an employee's vacation leave but shall make reasonable effort:
(a) to grant an employee's vacation leave in an amount and at such time as the employee may request;
(b) to ensure that approval of an employee's request for vacation leave is not unreasonably denied;
(c) to schedule vacation leave on an equitable basis and when there is no conflict with the interests of the Employer or the other employees, according to the wishes of the employee.
24.05 The Employer shall give an employee as much notice as is practicable and reasonable of approval, denial or cancellation of a request for vacation leave. In the case of denial, alteration or cancellation of such leave, the Employer shall give the written reason thereof, upon written request from the employee.
24.06 Where in respect of any period of vacation leave, an employee is granted:
(a) bereavement leave with pay,
(b) leave with pay because of illness in the immediate family,
(c) is granted sick leave on production of a medical certificate,
the period of vacation leave so displaced shall either be added to the vacation period, if requested by the employee and approved by the Employer, or reinstated for use at a later date.