The collective agreement and the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms determine the rights and obligations of the employer and the employee with regard to disability-related absences. See Prolonged Absence due to a Disability: Rights and Obligations.
Frequently asked questions
Q. In the event of an absence for reasons of disability, what do I have to give to my employer to qualify for the salary insurance plan provided for in the collective agreement?
A: To be entitled to the salary insurance plan provided for in the collective agreement, a medical certificate specifying the diagnosis, period of absence and medical follow-up and/or treatment required must be submitted and accepted by the school board.
Q: What benefits am I entitled to if I am on a period of disability? How long do I qualify for these benefits under the salary insurance plan provided for in the collective agreement?
A: The salary insurance plan provided for in the collective agreement applies for a continuous period of 104 weeks.*
The first five days of absence are covered by the bank of sick-leave days. Thereafter, 75% of the salary that would have been received at work is paid up to 52 weeks from the beginning of the period of disability. Finally, for an additional 52 weeks, benefits amount to 66 2/3% of the salary that would have been received at work.
*Beyond 104 weeks, after an analysis of the disability, the long-term disability insurance plan administered by the insurance company takes over.
Q. Do I have the right to obtain a part-time contract despite a period of disability?
A: Being registered on a recall list maintains an employment relationship with the school board. A part-time contract must, where appropriate, be granted, despite a disability. Faced with such a situation, the employer must replace you during your absence and grant salary insurance benefits.