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Section 15: Jury Service and Bereavement Pay

Section 15 - Jury Service and Bereavement Pay



15.01The Company shall pay to any employee who may be required to serve as a juror or as a subpoenaed witness in the Country in which he resides, the difference, if any, between the amount paid to him for his jury or witness services and the amount he would have received for services normally rendered to the Company during the same period of time.


15.02Subject to the following regulations, the Company will make payment of wages to an employee who is absent solely due to a death in his/her immediate family.

  1. Such employee must have completed their probationary period of three (3) months (Clause 7.02(a)).

  2. Such employee except for the death and funeral would otherwise be at work.


15.03Members of the employee's immediate family are defined for the purposes of this Agreement as:

  1. Spouse*, son, daughter, father, mother, stepmother, stepfather, stepson, stepdaughter, and;

  2. Brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandson, granddaughter, grandfather, grandmother, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law and son-in-law.

    *Spouse; includes same sex spouse.


15.04An employee will receive payment for the time lost from his/her regularly scheduled hours on the following basis:

  1. Payment will be made on the basis of the employee's hourly wage rate for the employee's regularly scheduled shift up to eight (8) hours per day, exclusive of overtime and other forms of premium pay.

  2. Payment will be made for up to five (5) days' absence in the case of the death of a member of the employee's immediate family as defined in Clause 15.03(a) and in such case, the time to be paid for may be any five (5) consecutive working days from the day of death through the second day after the funeral, inclusive.

  3. Payment will be made for up to three (3) days' absence in the case of the death of a member of the employee's immediate family as defined in Clause 15.03(b) and in such case, the time to be paid for may be any three (3) consecutive working days from the day of death through the day after the funeral, inclusive.

  4. When requested by the Company, the employee will furnish satisfactory proof of death of the member of his/her immediate family.

  5. At the discretion of the Company, the bereavement days may be granted on non-consecutive days in order to meet unusual circumstances in particular cases. Such discretion will not be exercised in an unreasonable manner.


15.05An employee will not be eligible to receive payments under this Agreement for any period in which he/she is receiving other payments in the form of vacation pay, specified holiday pay, disability benefit, or WSIB (Workplace Safety Insurance Board).






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