Question:

We have an employee who is out on maternity leave. She returns in June and is also probationary. How does this affect her probationary period? Does it extend it since she would have been out for 4+ months of her first year?

Answer:

The majority of the collective bargaining agreements state that an employee's probationary period is extended for the same number of days an employee is on paid sick leave or family medical leave of over thirty (30) days, parental leave, and for any day an employee is on Workers' Compensation (WC), Industrial Disability Leave (IDL), Non-Industrial Disability Insurance (NDI), Military Leave or formal leave without pay (LWOP).

As each contract does vary slightly in language, please contact our office or consult the specific agreement to determine exactly how your employee is affected.