Master Agreement Between the Government of the Province of Alberta and the
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees

Article 38

Special Leave

38.01 An Employee who requires time off from work, may be granted special leave without loss of pay upon approval by a senior official at his work place. The maximum leave available under this article is 10 days in a calendar year, except where approval is obtained from a Deputy Minister for additional bereavement leave as described in Clause 38.03. The circumstances under which special leave may be approved are subject to Clause 38.02 and subject to the corresponding yearly maximum number of work days as follows:
(a) illness within the immediate family - up to ten (10) days;
(b) bereavement - up to ten (10) days around the date of the funeral;
(c) personal - up to three (3) days.
38.02 For purposes of determining eligibility for special leave under Clause 38.01, the following provisions shall apply:
(a) an Employee who requires time off work, shall be granted leave without loss of pay for a period of up to ten (10) working days, including travel time, if there is an illness in his/her immediate family. Immediate family means spouse, benefit partner, son, daughter, mother or father. The leave of absence shall not include taking the person to a medical, dental, optical, or other such appointment, unless there is no other family member available to take the person to an appointment;
(b) bereavement - leave of absence will be granted in the event of the death of the Employee's spouse, benefit partner, or any of the following relations of an Employee, spouse, or benefit partner: parents, guardian, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, son, daughter, brother, sister, or the husband or wife of any of them;
(c) travel time for illness within the immediate family for bereavement shall mean for travel where long distances or travel from isolated areas are involved;
(d) personal day shall apply to conditions that require an Employee to be away from work for personal reasons.
38.03 The maximum annual leave specified for each circumstance requiring use of special leave shall not be exceeded. However, family illness leave, bereavement leave, and travel time for illness within the immediate family or bereavement may be granted more than once within a calendar year, provided the total special leave granted does not exceed ten (10) working days per calendar year. Additional bereavement leave may be approved by the Deputy Head when ten (10) days special leave has already been utilized within a calendar year.

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1 Definitions
2 Terms of Employment
3 Master/Subsidiary Agreements
4 Application
5 Management Recognition
6 Union Recognition
7 Legislation and the Collective Agreement
8 Union Membership and Dues Check-Off
9 Employer-Union Relations
10 Employer-Employee Relations
11 Time Off for Union Business
12 Lay-Off and Recall
13 Attendance
14 Acting Incumbent
15 Position Abolishment
16 Hours of Work
17 Overtime
18 Shift Differential
18A Weekend Premium
19 Call Back Pay
20 Reporting Pay
21 Standby Pay
22 Northern Allowance Pay
23 Workers' Compensation Supplement
24 Forest Fire Operations, Flood Control and Pollution Control
25 Correctional Institution Salary Allowance
26 Authorized Expenses
27 Probationary Employee and Period
28 Disciplinary Action
29 Grievance Procedure
30 Institutional Fire Prevention and Control
31 Casual Illness
32 General Illness
33 Proof of Illness
33A Long Term Disability (LTD)
34 Health Plan Benefits
35 Insurance
36 Paid Holidays
36A Christmas Closure
37 Annual Vacation Leave
38 Special Leave 
39 Military Leave
40 Adoption/Parental Leave
40A Maternity Leave
41 Court Leave
42 Employment Insurance Premium Reduction
43 Safety and Health
44 Parking
45 Rates of Pay
46 Leave Without Pay
47 Term and Effective Date
48 Printing of Agreements
49 Employee Benefits Committee
50 Harassment and Discrimination
Supplement I - Institution Fire Prevention and Control Fire Fighters - Schedule of Remuneration
Supplement II - Modified or Flexible Hours of Work
Addendum I
Addendum II
Letter of Understanding #1 - Terms of Reference Article 49 - Employee Benefits Committee
Letter of Understanding #2 - Employment Standards Code, Scheme of Employment Covering the Master and Subsidiary Agreements
Letter of Understanding #3 - Separation Payment for Restructuring
Schedule - Separation Payment
Standard Separation Payment for Restructuring Termination Agreement for Bargaining Unit Employees
Letter of Understanding #4 - Separation for Temporary Employees and 2850 Hour Wage Employees
Standard Separation for Temporary and 2850 Hour Wage Bargaining Unit Employees Termination Agreement
Letter of Understanding #5 - Payout of Annual Vacation
Letter of Understanding #6 - 6 and 3 Work Schedules
Letter of Understanding #7 - Health Spending Account
Letter of Understanding #8 - Paid Up Life Insurance
Letter of Understanding #9 - Legal Fees
Letter of Understanding #10 - Legal Indemnification
Letter of Understanding #11 - Northern Trips
Letter of Understanding #12 - Northern Leave
Letter of Understanding #13 - Attraction Bonus
Letter of Understanding #14 - 55th to 57th Parallel Retention Allowance
Letter of Intent #1 - Employee Relations Committees
Note: The following Letters do not form part of the Master Agreement but are included here for  information purposes only.
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