Preserving the dignity of OPS members with a disability

Publish date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 update

Since the introduction of the Attendance Support Management Program (ASMP), many AMAPCEO members have been required to make multiple, otherwise unnecessary trips to their doctor to obtain medical notes to certify that their disability was ongoing to justify work absences. This was an affront to our members’ dignity and a potential form of harassment.

After months of dogged negotiations with the OPS Employer, AMAPCEO is pleased to announce we have successfully won three major reforms to the ASMP affecting members with a disability.

  • Members with disabilities are now no longer routinely required to provide medical notes for absences due to their disability, beyond the initial establishing note.
  • When a manager does make a request for a subsequent medical note to substantiate a disability-related absence:
    • the Employer will now reimburse members for the costs of subsequent notes, and
    • managers can use their discretion in allowing for time off without any loss of credits where a member must attend an appointment during work hours to obtain subsequent notes.

With the elimination of the ASMP under the new OPS Collective Agreement in January 2018, it is AMAPCEO’s expectation that these hard-fought changes will continue in January 2018 and beyond when the Employer introduces its replacement for the ASMP. 

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 13,250 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in eleven cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth; Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; Public Health Ontario; Health Quality Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council and the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner.

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