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Can sick leave days be used by a staff member to attend to a family illness or emergency?

Uncertified sick leave (maximum 7 days leave with pay) may also be used by staff to attend to family-related emergencies. Should a staff member utilize this option, they are required to make every effort to inform their supervisor in advance of the proposed leave and of its duration. However, if this is not possible, he or she shall provide the required information on the first day taken as emergency family leave. In cases of death or emergency of an immediate family member and additional time off is required, a staff member may apply for Special Leave (without pay) for a maximum duration of two weeks plus necessary travel time.