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Unions decry Treasury Board’s changes to ‘Other Leave With Pay’ provisions used by public service employees as ‘last resort’ in pandemic

By Mike Lapointe      

'The last thing you want is for people to feel pressured to come to work when they’re potentially sick, or that they’re going to be putting themselves or others at risk in doing so,' says PIPSC president Debi Daviau.

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PISPC) president Debi Daviau, left, and Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) national president Chris Aylward. The Treasury Board released new guidelines around ‘Other Leave With Pay’ provisions on Oct. 26, a decision which 'disproportionately' affects women, says Mr. Aylward. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia & The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many public servants who required more flexibility to attend to caregiving, who could not perform their work remotely when offices closed, or who either became infected with the illness or were required to quarantine, accessed ‘Other Leave with Pay,’ or ‘Code 699,’ a once obscure provision that precluded federal employees from exhausting regular sick leave or vacation leave.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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