As part of a recent settlement between OPSEU and the Ontario Government, it was agreed that the Short Term Sickness Plan (STSP) for OPSEU members in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) will revert to the provisions that were in effect prior to April 1, 2013.
Prior to April 2013, OPS employees who took sick days after the initial six (6), regardless of the seriousness of the cause, received sick pay at 75 per cent of their regular wage. Effective April 1, 2013, this changed and only conditions that were considered "severe" or serious and chronic were paid at the 75 per cent level. Conditions deemed not to be severe were paid at 66 2/3 per cent of regular pay.
Effective January 27, 2017, those members who have access to STSP, and are unable to work due to illness or injury will be paid at 75 per cent after the first six (6) days of absence in any year.
Because of this change, the STSP form will no longer be required.
For those who started their leave prior to the effective date, in order to receive the 75 per cent pay, you will still need to submit the STSP form (if eligible) to receive the increased pay.
Please note, that this change doesn't effect any other provisions. If needed or requested a medical certificate or health information will still need to be submitted to support your absence.