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Sick Benefits (LTD and STD)

Sick Benefits for city of Hamilton employees

The City of Hamilton provides eligible employees with a level of income if they cannot perform their normal duties due to illness or non-occupational injury. This benefit is known as the income protection plan, and it acts like a form of income insurance during periods of short- and long-term disability.

Who is eligible:

  • full-time, non-union employees who have completed three months service
  • unionized employees who are covered by a collective agreement which includes an income protection plan

Short-term disability is defined as a period of 26 weeks or less that an employee is absent from work due to an injury that occurred in off-work hours or an illness. The illness or injury preventing an employee from attending regular work is determined by a qualified medical practitioner. Payment of benefits is not automatic. Employees who are absent for 6 working days or more, must qualify for payment of sick benefits by periodically submitting to Human Resources, claim forms, completed in full by their treating physician. (For more information, see the Human Resources policies and procedures section of this Web site.)

For employees who still have “sick bank” credits from the old sick plan, they may be able to apply sick bank days to replace non-payment of sick benefits due to occasions. (For more information, see the Human Resources policies and procedures section of this Web site, or for unionized employees, refer to your collective agreement.)

Non-union employees are eligible to receive five days of 100 per cent coverage for every 12 month period of perfect attendance (for more information, see the Human Resources policies and procedures section of this Web site).

Long-term disability begins the 27th week in which an employee is continuously absent from work due to any injuy that has occurred in off-work hours or an illness. The illness or injury preventing an employee from attending regular work is determined by a qualified medical practitioner. Payment of benefits is not automatic. The Benefit Carrier determines if an employee is eligible for benefits by reviewing medical information submitted by their treating physician.

Long-term disability application forms are available from the Lost Time Section of the Human Resources Department.

Long Term Disability benefits are generally payable at 66 2/3% of pre-disability earnings, payable on a monthly basis, in arrears.

Coverage may be available to permanent employees up to the age of 65. Employees are assessed regularly to determine their ability to return to their own occupation, with or without accommodation, or another position for which they can perform work, again, with or without accommodation.

During short- and long-term disability periods, other benefits shall continue to be paid, including health care, dental, vision, prescription drugs, and any other applicable benefits negotiated as long as the employee remains qualified to receive sick benefits. Where required, payroll deductions for pension purposes will continue to be made from disability pay.

For specific details on your personal situation refer to the income protection policy on this site or refer to your collective agreement.