Political Leave, Bereavement Leave

Article 31. Other Leaves

31.03   Political Leave

  1. The University recognizes the right of every citizen to enter political life if so desired. Provided proper regard is given to the instructional, technical, and service needs of the University, leave of absence shall be granted to enable the employee to contest an election. Up to four (4) weeks without pay for Provincial or Municipal elections and up to six (6) weeks without pay for Federal elections shall be granted. The employee may opt to take part or all of the employee’s annual vacation during the campaign period.
  2. In the event of the candidate being defeated, the employee will be entitled to resume the employee’s normal duties.
  3. In the event of the candidate being elected to the Provincial or Federal Government, the employee will be granted leave of absence without pay for the term for which the employee has been elected. At the end of this time, if the employee contests a second election and is successful, the employee is required to resign the employee’s position after two (2) terms or six (6) years whichever is less. If the employee is not re-elected or does not wish to stand again, the employee will be entitled to resume employment with the University; but there is no guarantee of reinstatement in the employee’s former post.
  4. With regard to an employee being elected to a Municipal Council or engaging in other political activities, a leave of absence may be granted for periodic duty, if necessary, subject to appropriate reduction in University duty and pay.

31.04   Bereavement Leave

  1. An employee shall be entitled to leave with pay, for a period of up to five (5) days in case of the death of the employee’s spouse or child.
  2. An employee shall be entitled to leave with pay, for a period of up to three (3) days in case of the death of the employee’s mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, legal guardian, or a near relative permanently residing in the employee’s household.
  3. If the death of a relative referred to in (a) and (b) above occurs outside the Province, an employee shall be entitled to leave with pay, up to a period of four (4) days for the purpose of attending the funeral.
  4. An employee shall be entitled to leave with pay up to a maximum of one (1) day, in the event of the death of the employee’s aunt, uncle, nephew, niece, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law.
  5. If an employee, while on annual leave, qualifies for bereavement leave under Clauses 31.04 (a), (b), (c) or (d), the employee shall be granted bereavement leave and be credited the appropriate number of days to annual leave.
  6. In the event that a death occurs, in the Province, outside the immediate area (200 km road distance) the employee shall be given one (1) additional day to the time offered in Clause 31.04 (a), (b) and (d) in order to allow for travel to and from the place of burial.