All about the new Faith and Conscience Leave



FOR ALL GENERAL GOVERNMENT AND HIGHER EDUCATION CONTRACTS – Faith and Conscience Leave

The new law on Faith and Conscience Leave recently took effect – and it will affect the bulk of our contracts.

The law, SSB 5173, grants two unpaid days every calendar year to people for reasons of faith or conscience.

In short, bargaining will take place on all current contracts to include these new rights. Current bargaining on the next, 2015-2017 contracts will address the new faith and conscience leave rights, too.

The General Government “Demand to Bargain” session took place June 18 to modify the current contract. Key provisions of the resulting memorandum of understanding:
• This leave without pay will not be a factor in any disciplinary or corrective actions associated with attendance issues.
• Requires the approval except as provided for by law.
• Allows for an employee to elect to use paid time but raises the threshold for the employer to deny to the same standards as would be applied to the leave without pay.
• Ensures no impact on seniority, probation or trial service because of the leave without pay.
• Ensures an employee is not required to disclose any information about their faith, simply that the leave request is for a reason stated in law.
• There is no limit on what type of employee qualifies.

See the full General Government MOU on Faith and Conscience Leave for the current, 2013-2015 contract: Faith and Conscience TA

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