WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Does pressing necessity leave cover absence from work caused by severe weather and/or travel conditions?

GSU is currently engaged in discussions with at least one employer in relation to employees who were unable to get to work as a result of the severe snow storm that hit southwest and west-central Saskatchewan on Nov. 9.

The volume of snow and the wind conditions that accompanied that storm made travel virtually impossible in some locales, resulting in employees being unable to attend work for all or part of the day. It appears that a number of affected employees were advised by their employer to make up for the lost time by drawing on banked overtime or vacation. They were not offered the option of using pressing necessity leave to cover the lost time.

GSU is pursuing the matter with the employers who have pressing necessity leave clauses in the collective agreement.