Continuation Of Coverage During Absence From Work

Pre-Payment of your Leave of Absence
This is a reminder that in the event you take a Leave of Absence the following procedures apply:
Prepayment of premiums is not required for an absence from the payroll of fifteen (15) calendar days or less.  Prepayment of premiums is required for an absence from the payroll of sixteen (16) or more calendar days for one of the following reasons.  You must prepay the required premium in full within 45 (forty-five) days in order to be eligible for benefit consideration following the end of any of these periods:
  1. leave of absence granted (such as personal, educational, maternity, child care, bereavement, or jury duty) other than inability to meet medical standards (IMMS), your coverage may be continued for a maximum duration of up to 24 months;
  2. lay-off, your coverage may be continued for a maximum duration of up to six (6) months. Should you become disabled during the six-month period, you will not be eligible for benefit consideration unless you are recalled from lay-off status;
  3. suspension, your coverage may be continued for the duration of your suspension;
  4. strike or lockout, your coverage may be continued following the end of the strike or lockout;
Please contact Manion’s contact centre for applicable rates at 1-866-532-8999. This must be done within 45 days of the commencement of the Leave of Absence. The cost is based on the previous 3 months earnings plus 1.07% (the Employer’s portion) plus applicable taxes.
Note: Please ensure you have reviewed Collective Agreement language when LOA’s precede days off and any consequences that follow.
The SSQ Wage Indemnity Policy Booklet can be found on the Air Canada Component of CUPE website at  www.accomponent.ca and is what each member ought to rely on. Alternatively if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Administrative Consultant.
On Behalf of The Board of Trust,
Stephen Morash
Administrative Consultant
NOTE:  All Policy Booklet information can be accessed on the Air Canada Component of CUPE web site www.accomponent.ca.
Manion, Wilkins & Associates
Plan Administration
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Etobicoke, Ontario
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