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The sick leaves and special leaves

A. The sick leaves

(Division 12.00 of the Decree)

All permanent employees have a sick leave accumulation. When they are sick, the employer draws from this accumulation to pay them.

To comply with articles 9.06 and 9.09, the first 2 days of absence, taken within the same calendar year, for family obligations, must be paid by the employer within the accumulated sick leave hours, even when taken in advance.

Accumulation of sick leave

(Article 12.01)

At each pay period, the permanent employee accumulates sick leave hours equal to 2.44% of their paid hours. The employer must indicate the cumulative on the pay stub of the employee.

Deduction from the cumulative when the employee is sick

(Articles 9.06, 9.09, 12.03, 12.04)

When the employee is absent due to a sick leave or to fulfill family obligations listed under article 9.06 or the third paragraph of article 9.09, he must:

  • Inform the employer on the first day of absence or as soon as possible (articles 9.06 and 3rd paragraph of article 9.09).
  • bring a medical certificate if the employer asks for one when the employee calls or during the sick leave.

If the employee fulfils these two requirements, the employer pays the sick leave hours and deducts these hours from the sick leave accumulation.

Payable sick leave hours accumulation

(Article 12.02)

Once a year, between November 1st and December 10th, part of the sick leave accumulation is paid out, if applicable. To know if the employer must pay part of the sick leave accumulation, one must calculate the excess sick leave (See the Notice regarding the total of sick leave credits for more information).

B. Special leaves for family events

(Division 9.00 of the Decree)

The employee has the right to a special leave for the following events:

Death in the family

For the regular employee:

  • Spouse, child: 5 paid days
  • Father, mother, brother, sister: 3 paid days and 2 days without pay
  • In-laws (father, mother, brother, sister), grandparents: one paid day
  • Son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren: 1 day without pay

For the non-regular employee:

  • Spouse, child, father, mother, brother, sister: 2 paid days and 3 days without pay
  • In-laws (father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter), grandparents, grandchild: one day without pay

Wedding or civil union

All employees

  • Wedding of the employee: one paid day
  • Wedding of a child, father, mother, brother, sister, child of the spouse: one day without pay.

Birth, adoption or termination of pregnancy (in or after the twentieth week)

  • For all employees: 5 days of which the two first days are paid.

Care, health or education of a child or state of health of a relative, as a caregiver



  • All employees: 10 days per year of which 2 are paid, per calendar year and taken within the accumulated sick leave hours.

  • (These special leaves can also be taken when required by the state of health of the spouse, father, mother, sister, brother or one of the employee's grandparents)


All employees: 18 consecutive weeks without pay.

For all other special leave of absences, please consult articles 9.07 and 9.09.