Christmas Leave Eligibility

Christmas Leave

With the holiday season approaching, the subject of the annual Christmas Leave has been raised again. “Christmas Leave” at UBC refers to the period of leave that covers the three normal working days between the statutory days off for Christmas/Boxing Day (Monday Dec 26th and Tuesday Dec 27th) and New Year’s Day (Monday Jan 2nd ).

The days in question for the Christmas leave in 2011 are Dec 28, 29 and 30. There are provisions for Christmas Leave in CUPE 2950, and AAPS (M&P staff).

If you have any questions regarding these provisions or need clarification on the employee group information for your staff, please contact Janie McCallum at 822-7315 or Janie.mccallum@ubc.ca

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Administrative Support and Clerical staff: CUPE 2950

Article 30.08 of the Collective Agreement provides that employees who are normally scheduled to work on these days will be granted leave of absence with pay unless they are required to work for operational reasons. If required to work, they will be paid their regular wages and granted three paid leave of absence days at another mutually agreed upon time. Employees who are not normally scheduled to work on these days are not eligible for this paid leave.

Management & Professional staff: AAPS

In the Agreement with AAPS, Article 12.9 specifically deals with paid “Christmas Leave” and states:” in order to offset significant amounts of hours of work over and above the usual job requirements, employees who are normally scheduled to work may be granted three (3) days leave of absence with pay to be taken between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day unless they are required to work for operational reasons.”

This is not an automatic entitlement, but it is a means, within operational requirements, to compensate Management and Professional Staff for their significant additional hours of work over and above the usual job requirements. It may also be provided as a form of recognition for other contributions of these staff members.

Non-union Technicians & Research Assistants

The terms and conditions for this group quite closely resemble those of CUPE 116, so UBC Human Resources recommends that employees who are normally scheduled to work be granted the three days of paid “Christmas Leave”, unless they are required to work for operational reasons.

Employees who are required to work Dec 28th , 29th and 30th should be paid at straight time and granted three (3) paid leave of absence days to be taken at some other mutually agreeable time. If part-time employees are regularly scheduled to work, they are also entitled to this benefit. If part-time or hourly staff is not regularly scheduled to work between Christmas and New Year’s, they are not entitled to this time off with pay.