You may wish to take a general leave without pay.
You must apply to your supervisor or department head for a general leave. The length of time you are allowed to take off from work depends on your employee group.
If you wish to take additional maternity, parental, adoption or compassionate care leave beyond what is stipulated under the BC Employment Standards Act, you must request this in writing from your supervisor and any approved additional leave will be considered a general unpaid leave.
If your leave is approved, you can choose whether you want to maintain your current UBC benefits or cancel your UBC benefits. If you want to maintain your UBC benefits, you are responsible for paying both the employee and employer portion of the cost.
How do I apply for general leave?
You must apply for a general leave of absence from your department head or manager. Let them know:
- the reasons for your leave,
- when you would like to start your leave, and
- when you intend to return to work.
If you are applying for general leave to care for a family member, you will also need to include a copy of the medical certificate from a doctor or medical practitioner stating that your family member is critically ill or injured and requires the care or support of one or more family members. Save the original for your EI caregiver benefits application. The personal information provided in the medical certificate is collected under section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, RSBC 1996, c. 165 and will be used for the purposes of leave administration.
For Staff appointments, if your request is approved, your department head or manager will notify Financial Operations – Payroll. For Faculty appointments, all leave requests are to be forwarded to Faculty Relations (600 TEFIII – 6190 Agronomy Road; Vancouver, BC; V6T 1Z3).
What happens to my benefits when I’m on a general leave?
When you are on leave, you can choose to keep your benefits or cancel your benefits. See Benefits Coverage while on a Leave for more information.
How long am I allowed to be on a general leave?
The length of time you are allowed to take depends on your employee group. The table below shows the time you are allowed to be on leave without pay or benefits.
|UBC Employee Group||Allowed Length of General Leave|
|Academic Executive||2 years|
|Administrative Executive||1 year|
|BCGEU Childcare||6 months|
|BCGEU Okanagan||No maximum length specified, at discretion of supervisor|
|CUPE 116||6 months|
|CUPE 2278||2 years|
|CUPE 2950||6 months|
|Executive Administrative||6 months|
|Farm Workers||6 months|
|IUOE 882||6 months|
|Management & Professional||1 year|
|Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants||6 months|
|Postdoctoral Fellows (Award Recipients)||No maximum length specified, at discretion of supervisor.|
|Postdoctoral Fellows (Employees)||No maximum length specified, at discretion of supervisor.|
Questions about your benefits while on leave?
Please contact the following people:
- Paid Sick Leave
- Unpaid Sick Leave
- Learning & Professional Development Leaves
- General Leave
- Maternity, Parental & Adoptive Leave
- Compassionate Care & Compassionate or Bereavement Leave
- Christmas Leave
- Leaves for Personal Matters
- Leaves for University and Union Business
- Benefits Coverage while on a Leave
- Maintaining Benefits For Sessional Lecturers Between Appointments
- Tenure Clocks Extensions and Study Leave Eligibility
Extended Health/Dental number
Active Benefits: 025205
Retiree Benefits (RSB): 020605
Member ID: your 7-digit UBC employee ID number
Visit the Sun Life Member Website or call Sun Life at 1-800-661-7334 or 1-800-361-6212.
Call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 to chat with a counsellor.