Managing Complex Short Term Sick Leave

For complex short term sick leaves please contact your assigned Work Life Consultant as soon as you are made aware of the situation.

A complex case will include cases where the employee is not able to return to work within 1 month, there are concerns about the absence, department is unable to temporarily accommodate without assistance and/or when there are other workplace concerns. If you are unsure on how to manage a case at any time contact your assigned Work Life Consultant.

The Work Life Consulting team manages the absence and disability management program (short-term illness/injury, return to work and medical accommodations) along with coordinating health promotion initiatives for staff and faculty.

As a part of the strategic HR team, the Work Life Consultants provide advice, guidance and consultation to client departments, faculties and staff in the area of disability management in the workplace.

Each department has an assigned Work Life Consultant (WLC) to provide support in the following ways:

  • Providing consultation, guidance and coaching in the areas of health related absence management, return to work, accommodation and disability management.
  • Working with assigned portfolios to develop and implement best practices consistent with university policy and procedures, collective agreements, human rights legislation and case law.
  • Facilitating, negotiating and implementing a variety of return to work and/or medical accommodation plans for employees with disabilities.
  • Managing the university’s central accommodation fund.
  • Collaborating with specialists within and outside of HR (e.g. HR consultants, Benefits, Labour Relations, HRIS, EQHR) to help the leaders achieve a positive and productive outcome in the workplace.
  • Communicating and liaising with stakeholders, including employees, union representatives, leaders, third party insurance carriers (LTD, WorkSafeBC and ICBC), rehabilitation providers, physicians, and lawyers.
  • Collaborating and coordinating with university departments (e.g. OHSE, Athletics and Recreation Services, EQHR) and external resources (EFAP programs, community resources) to increase employee awareness and access to healthy lifestyles, behaviours and coping skills.