Workers lose nine sick days

New leave plan would allow flexibility, cash-out
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/18/2011

The 3,600 employees of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in Ontario have agreed to revamp their sick leave plan.

Previously, they received an annual allowance of 18 “attendance credits” that worked like sick days. There was no cap on accumulation, and 50 per cent could be cashed out on retirement. The WSIB was eager to change the plan to reduce costs, but the Canadian Union of Public Employees was able to make some alterations.

The new “wellness days” will number nine per year. Rather than waiting for retirement to cash out, up to five unused days per year can be converted to vacation.