How much special leave do I get every year?
What can I use my Special Leave for?
For each instance of illness, up to 5 days are available to you to care for a dependent or someone permanently residing with you. Additional leave may be granted at the discretion of the superintendent.
Up to 5 days are available to you for each of the following: to attend the serious illness, imminent death, or death of an immediate family member. Leave under this article can total 15 days per family member, taken as up to 5 days for the serious illness, up to 5 days where death is imminent, and up to 5 days where there is a death.
(Under Article 21, you may also take up to 8 weeks of compassionate leave without pay, to care for a critically ill member of your immediate family as defined by the Employment Standards Act.)
Medical/ Dental care
Up to half a day is available to attend a medical/dental appointment for the member or dependent. If you live in a community and must leave said community to attend an appointment, you may use up to 2 days including travel time to attend the appointment.
If you live outside of Whitehorse you may receive up to 1 day of leave to attend to legal business, which cannot be completed in your home community. You may be granted an additional day to travel.
An employee who is experiencing violence in the home can take up to 5 days leave. This can be extended at the discretion of the superintendent.
We are thinking of having a baby. When is the best time of the year to have a child? (This question is usually asked in relation to pay.)
For the period of the summer break the augmented benefit is not paid; it is deferred to the commencement of the next school year. For the Christmas and Spring Break, the current practice of the employer is to discontinue the augmented benefit and treat it as a loss to the employee. YTA is challenging this interpretation by way of an Association grievance.
We are having a baby, now what?
I am a temporary employee. Will I get benefits?
What things do I have to make sure I do before going on leave?
1. Write a letter to your principal outlining the starting date and length of leave. This may be extended later.
2. Fill out a Leave of Absence form, have your principal sign it and send it to your superintendent.
3. Fill in a Leave Allowance Application form (Supplementary Employment Insurance Benefits).
4. File an Application for EI Benefits. Do this online at www.servicecanada.gc.ca. Apply once you have received your final pay stub before your leave.
5. Request a Record of Employment from employer to be sent to EI.
6. Once you have been approved for EI benefits, send a copy of the approval of EI to the Public Service Commission.
7. Your letter to the principal included a return to work date. You must reconfirm this date with your principal at least 4 weeks prior to your scheduled return.
When should I plan on starting my leave when expecting a child?
Will I continue to receive my benefits while on leave?
I have been asked to meet with the Administration at my school, what rights do I have?
Who can be my YTA rep?
I have been asked to attend a meeting with a member; can I leave my class to attend these meetings?