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General inquiries:
Anna Maria Gemmiti
Disability Benefits & Office Manager
Phone: 416.978.2149
Fax: 416.971.3052
2nd Floor, 263 McCaul Street

Disability Benefits:
Claudia Dioleta
Phone: 416.946.0537
Fax: 416.971.3052
2nd Floor, 263 McCaul Street

Sun Life Financial:
Sun Life website
Phone: 1-800-361-6212

WSIB Administator:
Phone: 416.978.8804

Sick leave and long-term disability



When does Health & Well-being contact an employee who is absent from work due to illness or injury?


Health & Well-being (HWB) staff usually contact employees who have been absent from work for more than 10 working days.

There are times when staff may contact an employee prior to 10 days absence. HWB staff attempt to contact employees by telephone to see how they are, how long they anticipate being absent from work and if, with accommodation, they are able to return to full or modified duties. Employees are asked to provide medical information from their treating physician to support their absence and assist in return to work planning.


I am currently on sick leave and expect to be back within 15 weeks. Should I complete the long-term disability forms, and if so, how will this affect my net benefit?


We recommend that you complete the forms if there is any possibility that you may not return to your full-time regular duties prior to the end of the 15 weeks of paid sick leave. We recommend you complete the long-term disability benefit (LTD) application as early as possible to allow Sun Life Financial time to assess your claim. This will prevent any lapse in eligible income should you remain off work for more than 15 weeks.

LTD benefit payments will be adjusted to deduct Employment Insurance (EI) premiums, in addition to any income tax already deducted. The University of Toronto (U of T) will begin paying the employer’s portion of EI amounts on the LTD benefit. This is similar to the deductions on earnings before disability leave.

LTD benefit payments may be adjusted to deduct Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) contributions, in addition to the income tax and EI premiums noted above. If CPP contributions are deducted, U of T will begin paying the employer’s portion of the CPP contributions on your benefit. Employees in receipt of CPP disability payments will not be subject to CPP contributions.


I was off work for 15 weeks with a back injury and was only back to work for a day before I got into a car accident.

My collective agreement says that I am entitled to sick leave for ‘periods of up to 15 weeks.’ Am I entitled to more paid sick leave now that the doctor says I need time off to recover from the car accident?


Yes.

If your employment policy or collective agreement provides sick leave for ‘periods of up to 15 weeks during unavoidable absence due to illness or injury’ that is not compensable under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, the University’s practice is that if you return to work for one full day you become entitled to a new 15-week sick leave for any sickness or injury that is unrelated to the earlier sickness or injury.


I was off work for 15 weeks due to illness. I came back to work for a few weeks and then found that I needed to go off again for the same reason.

My employment policy says that I am entitled to sick leave for ‘periods of up to 15 weeks.’ Am I entitled to more paid sick leave?


No.

If your employment policy or collective agreement provides sick leave for ‘periods of up to 15 weeks during unavoidable absence due to illness or injury’ that is not compensable under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, U of T’s practice is that you need to be back at work for three months before you can take another sick leave for the same or a related illness.

During the first 15 weeks, Health & Well-being (HWB) would have sent you an application package for long-term disability (LTD) benefits when you were approaching the end of the 15-week period.

HWB encourages employees to apply for LTD benefits even if the employee plans to come back to work before or right at the end of 15 weeks. Doing so allows time for Sun Life Financial to determine eligibility for LTD benefits in the event that an employee needs to go off work again before three months, or in the event that the employee does not end up returning to full duties as planned.