In December 2016, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and the Treasury Board reached a tentative deal on a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to support employee wellness.
In the MOA, the parties agree to negotiate the creation of an Employee Wellness Support Program (EWSP) to improve employee wellness and the safe and successful reintegration of employees into the workplace after being prolonged absences due to illnesses or injury.
In addition to forming part of the collective agreement and being internally administered by the employer, the new program includes a number of key features:
- Full 26 weeks of 100% income replacement;
- A three-day paid qualification period for short-term disability benefits;
- Nine fully-paid sick days;
- Three-day carryover of unused sick leave days;
- Qualifying chronic or episodic illnesses will be exempt from the waiting period;
- The accumulation of current sick leave credits will cease on the implementation date of the EWSP;
- Existing sick leave banks in excess of 26 weeks can be used prior to going on LTD;
- Travel time for diagnosis and treatment;
- An employee on the EWSP will be considered to be on leave with pay;
- Full costs of administering the EWSP will be borne by the employer; and
- Family-related leave will increase by one day.
The parties will develop all agreements and documents required to implement the EWSP within one year. The final EWSP language and program design will be provided to individual PIPSC bargaining tables for ratification and inclusion in their collective agreements after it has been agreed to by the parties.
If we do not ultimately come to an agreement, the current system remains in place.