The time of year has arrived to review “Christmas Leave” at UBC. This period of leave covers the three (3) normal working days between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, December 29, 30, and 31, 2014.
Please see below for the provisions or recommendations by employee group. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Liu, HR Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
AAPS (M&P Staff)
- The Agreement with AAPS, representing Management and Professional (M&P) Staff, takes a different approach to “Christmas Leave”. Article 10.04 of the AAPS Agreement recognizes that staff members are called upon to work significant additional hours of work. The Article provides guidance to supervisors and staff members on different means of compensation or other offsetting benefits. Several examples are provided, including the option of granting paid leave for these three working days.
- 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.”
- Unlike the CUPE 2950 agreement, there is not an entitlement to paid leave, nor is there provision for carryover. However, “Christmas Leave” 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. In order to recognize staff consistently, UBC HR recommends that employees who are normally scheduled to work be granted the three days of “Christmas Leave”, unless they are required to work for operational reasons.
- Employees who are required to work 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 are not regularly scheduled to work between Christmas and New Year’s, they are not entitled to this time off with pay.
Mary Liu CHRP
Human Resources Manager
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia
2255 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 2A1
Phone 604 822 7315 | Fax 604 822 7756