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PIPSC Position on Sick Leave

The Professional Institute will work to ensure that the federal government’s sick leave/disability regime provides our members with income protection when they are temporarily off work for medical reasons and ensures a seamless transition to long-term disability for those members facing illnesses or injuries of a longer duration.

We support improvements to the sick leave and disability plan that are aimed at preventing illness/injuries and promoting the wellness of our members.

The government’s proposed new sick leave plan is a solution to a non-existent problem. Its recent statements on sick leave demonize public service employees, misrepresent facts, skew data, and avoid solutions to the problems that actually do exist.

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Latest News and Updates

  • Pierre Poilievre vs. the Facts on Sick Leave
  • Publish Date: 16-OCT-2015 01:29 PM
  • During a news conference on Friday October 2nd in Ottawa, the Conservative Party candidate in the riding of Carleton, Pierre Poilievre made a number of astonishing claims, including that public service employees "are being falsely told by union leaders that they will lose their sick days. This is not true and never has been true."
  • PIPSC Response to Treasury Board Proposals on Sick Leave and the Short Term Disability Plan
  • Publish Date: 17-JUN-2015 04:09 PM
  • Last month, Treasury Board provided the Institute with a more complete picture of its proposed Sick Leave and Short Term Disability Plan when it tabled a new proposed case management system. Unfortunately, by focusing on the policing rather than the protection of our members, this additional proposal makes the total package even worse than we had anticipated.
  • Treasury Board delays implementation of short term disability plan
  • Publish Date: 17-APR-2015 04:34 PM
  • Negotiators for members of PIPSC’s SH Group have been told by Treasury Board (TB) representatives that the federal government cannot meet its proposed implementation date of September 1st, 2016 for its new Short Term Disability (STD) plan.
  • Update on Sick Leave Negotiations - December 12, 2014
  • Publish Date: 12-DEC-2014 02:43 PM
  • The first of our PIPSC groups are now at the bargaining table with Treasury Board and they have received the government’s draconian demands for changes to existing sick leave provisions.
  • Sick Leave: A Message from the President
  • Publish Date: 27-MAY-2014 08:31 AM
  • The following letter to the editor was sent this afternoon to the Ottawa Citizen in reply to one of two stories published today on the Conservative government’s plans to replace the existing sick leave system with a new short-term disability plan.
  • Government Workplace Wellness and Productivity Strategy
  • Publish Date: 25-APR-2014 03:38 PM
  • You may be aware that as part of its plans to “modernize the disability and sick leave management system”, the federal government is introducing the Workplace Wellness and Productivity Strategy, which will “include a new short-term disability plan to ensure seamless coverage between sick leave and long-term disability benefits”.

Institute's Position (PDF)

Institute's Position

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