When you are sick – stay home and call the employee absence line (EARL). 

You may be required to provide a medical note for your absence.

Your sick bank is your short-term disability insurance. It provides income for short-term absences and during the long-term disability qualifying period (should you ever need to apply).

You need 86 to 108 days in your sick bank to pay you until long-term disability kicks in. That can take five years to earn. Every time you use your sick bank you decrease your short-term disability fund.

  • How much sick time do I earn?
    • You must work 14 hours (regular time) to earn one hour of sick time.
    • Full time, permanent employees earn 1.5 days per month of sick time to a maximum of 18 days (135 hours) per year. The maximum allowable accrual is 1,170 hours.
  • When to not use sick time:
    • For time off to care for children or other loved ones
    • When vacation is not approved
    • Poor weather

    Alternatives to sick time are outlined in your collective agreement. 

    To learn more, please visit: fhPulse > BenefitsandPeopleResources >Payingyou > Leaves and Vacations (visit the remote log in page to access outside the network).  

  • What if my sick bank is empty or low
    • If your illness or injury will keep you off work for longer than you have in you sick bank, you can apply for the EI Sickness Benefit. Start your application as soon as possible as it can take approximately 28 days before you receive your first payment. Note:
      • EI only covers 55 per cent of your salary (to a maximum amount of $51,000 annually).
      • After 20 unpaid days, you are responsible for paying your own benefits, which could be over $400/month.