Memo: Staff Finders Employees – Changes to Christmas Leave Eligibility (Nov. 28, 2013)

Date: Nov. 28, 2013
From: Linda McKnight, Director, Advisory Services, Human Resources
To: Deans, Directors, Department Heads and Administrators
Subject: Staff Finders Employees – Changes to Christmas Leave Eligibility

Representatives from Human Resources and CUPE Local 2950 have negotiated changes to the Christmas Leave provision for Staff Finders Employees who are members of CUPE Local 2950 (Article 30.08). This is a departure from the previous approach so please read the following carefully.

Staff Finders employees who are members of CUPE Local 2950 are eligible for three (3) days paid leave between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day if they meet the following criteria:

  1. The employee has completed his or her probation on or before December 1st , and would normally be eligible for benefits;
  2. The employee has worked on at least 15 of the 30 days before Christmas Day, and is in an assignment which continues to Christmas Day, and resumes again on the day following New Year’s Day. This includes any concurrent assignments without a break in service that achieve the same service continuity. For clarity, this includes an assignment that ends December 24, and a concurrent assignment that begins on the first workday following New Year’s Day;
  3. The three days leave of absence with pay benefit will be paid at the employee’s base rate (HR Admin Clerk 1) or, as otherwise determined by Staff Finders, as opposed to the rate of their current assignment; and,
  4. If for operational reasons a department requests that the Staff Finders employee work during the three days between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, the employee will be given the option to accept the assignment and receive the regular rate for the assignment, in addition to their base rate pay, or decline the offer and take the three days off at their base rate. If the employee declines, Staff Finders will offer the assignment to another Staff Finders employee on the same condition.

The criteria outlined above are set out in a Letter of Understanding between the parties. If it is determined this new approach is unsatisfactory either party may serve the other party with sixty (60) days’ notice to end this Letter of Understanding. If such notice is served, the application of article 30.08 would revert back to the practice in place prior to the signing of this LOU.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility for Christmas Leave 2013, please contact Staff Finders at 604-827-1736.

Thank you.

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