If you are a regular employee and unable to attend work because of illness or injury, the Short-Term Sickness Plan (STSP) at Public Health Ontario provides you with income protection for the first 130 days.
The program is defined in Article 35 of your Collective Agreement. Protections such as the STSP are an important advantage of being a unionized professional.
Assuming you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive 130 STSP sick days starting on January 1 each year:
the first six working days of your absence are at 100% of your salary; and
the remaining 124 working days of your absence are at 75% of your salary.
New employees will receive your annual allotment of STSP days after you have worked 20 consecutively scheduled working days.
You have the option of using other accumulated credits (such as vacation) to top-up the 25% difference in your pay while you are off on STSP.
While on STSP, your health benefits coverage and pension contributions will be maintained as though you were still at work. All deductions and contributions will be made as though you were receiving your regular salary.
If your absence is longer than 130 days, and you successfully apply for Long-Term Income Protection (LTIP), you will receive STSP benefits between the first day of your absence and the first day of LTIP.
When your Employer can ask for medical information or documentation
You and your medical practitioner are not required to provide your Employer with the diagnosis of your illness that led to your absence at any time.
Your Employer is permitted to ask for details on a medical condition as it relates to carrying out your job duties, along with information on any work restrictions which may apply when you return to work.
If you are away for more than seven consecutive sick days
your Employer may request documentation from a legally qualified medical practitioner; and
during an extended sick leave, your Employer may request periodic certificates from medical practitioners, including a prognosis on when you can return to work and any work restrictions which may apply when you do.
they may request medical documentation from a legally qualified medical practitioner, even if your absence is shorter than seven consecutive working days. If this is the case, please seek the assistance of an AMAPCEO Workplace Representative.
Workplace Representatives are trained union members who have volunteered to confidentially assist members like you in the workplace. They should be your first point of contact in seeking information and representation with an issue at work.