Clement proposes changes to sick leave for public sector employees

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HALIFAX - Canada's Treasury Board President is proposing changes to sick leave for public servants that includes eliminating bankable sick days.

Tony Clement says he's proposing a format that would include five to seven sick days a year, a short term disability leave of a week to six months and long term leave for more than six months.

Clement says the proposed changes are fair and would do more to address things like mental illness than the current 40-year-old system does.

He says the changes will be discussed over the next year as part of negotiations with 17 public sector unions.

Earlier this week, the parliamentary budget office said public servants take an average of 11.5 paid sick days a year, compared with 18 days reported by Clement.

The report said Clement's number includes time missed due to workplace injuries and unpaid sick leave.

Organizations: Treasury Board President

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Canada

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