Article 17
SHORT-TERM DISABILITY PLAN (STD)

Participation

17.01 A
Effective April 1, 1991, all full-time employees shall be covered by this plan.

Funding

17.01 B
This plan shall be funded by the College.

Waiting Period

17.01 C
New employees will be eligible for benefits under this plan from their first day of service with the College. The annual benefit allocation described in 17.01 F shall be credited at that time.

Benefit Year

17.01 D
The benefit year shall commence September 1 for the purpose of crediting the days referred to in 17.01 F 1

Workplace Safety and Insurance and Other STD Insurance

17.01 E
Where a full-time employee is entitled to payments under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and Regulations, or is entitled to payments under any other short-term disability insurance, such person shall be entitled to payments, where required, from this plan to supplement the amount payable under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and Regulations, or such other insurance, up to the amount otherwise payable under this plan.

Benefits

17.01 F 1
During absences due to illness or injury, participating employees who would otherwise be scheduled to work shall receive 100% of regular pay for up to and including 20 working days in any one benefit year, plus any unused credits carried forward from previous years.

Days not utilized in any year shall be considered to be credits (on the basis that one credit represents 100% of regular pay for one working day) and shall be carried forward to the next benefit year. Debits shall be made from the total assigned benefit on a day-for-day basis.

17.01 F 2
During absences due to illness or injury in excess of the accumulated days referred to in 17.01 F 1, participating employees shall be paid 75% of regular pay for up to the difference between the number of accumulated days referred to in 17.01 F 1 and the date the employee would normally qualify for LTD.

17.01 F 3
Where the qualifying period for LTD has expired, and the employee qualifies for LTD, and the employee still has credits standing in his or her name under this plan, such credits may, at the election of the employee, be utilized by  the employee instead of LTD benefits, until the employee elects to take LTD benefits, if qualified.

17.01 F 4
During the period defined in 17.01 F 1, a participating employee who is absent due to injury or illness on the day before or after a holiday as defined in 16.01 shall receive regular pay for the holiday at the rate defined in 17.01 F 1.

17.01 F 5
During the period defined in 17.01 F 2, a participating employee who is absent due to injury or illness on the day before or after a holiday as defined in 16.01 shall receive regular pay for the holiday at the rate defined in 17.01 F 2.

17.01 F 6
Application for benefits under the plan shall be made at such time and in such manner as the College shall determine and shall be supported by such medical evidence, if any, as the College may require.

17.01 F 7
Where the College requires an employee to undergo an independent medical examination, or provide further documentation from the employee’s physician or attending specialist when the College determines that the initial documentation is insufficient, the College shall pay the cost for the medical examination and/or documentation

Expiry of Credits

17.01 G
Subject to 17.01 H, upon retirement, layoff or termination of employment, any credits standing in the name of the employee shall be cancelled and shall be of no effect.

Protection of Existing Rights

17.1
Notwithstanding  17.01  G,  employees  hired  into  the  academic  bargaining  unit before April 1, 1991, shall be entitled to utilize available credits (or portions thereof) at the time of retirement, termination of employment or lay-off as a lump- sum gratuity calculated in accordance with the terms of the pre-existing Cumulative Sick Leave Plans, where applicable and where the employee is eligible and shall not exceed the amount of one-half the employee’s annual base salary as of the date of separation.

17.2
If a full-time employee is absent from work for the purpose of caring for a member(s) of their immediate family, the employee may apply for leave under

21.07 A, 21.07 B, and 21.07 C. Days withdrawn from the employees’ sick leave credits for this purpose will not be counted towards the elimination period for LTD.