Government proposes changes to public servants’ sick leave

Short-term disability provisions a tough pill to swallow: Union
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/24/2014

Robyn Benson is sick and tired of the debate surrounding sick leave for public servants.

Benson, president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) union, said the proposed changes to sick leave policy are hazardous to workers’ health.

Speaking at a recent provincial Progressive Conservative conference in Nova Scotia, Treasury Board minister Tony Clement proposed changes to the federal government’s current sick leave management system that would eliminate accumulated sick leave and replace it with a short-term disability (STD) plan for its employees.