The university encourages employees to be mindful of their health and well-being, but understands that issues may arise that require additional support. To this end, the university engages with Morneau Shepell to furnish an Employee and Family Assistance Program to all Faculty, CUPE, and Excluded employees. This confidential short-term referral service provides 24-hour confidential support to employees and their dependants on a variety of life/work issues. For non-regular, sessional, temporary or casual employees, this service is during periods of active employment.

Human Resources can provide support if an employee is absent from duty due to illness or injury, in cooperation with the union where appropriate. This support may range from confirming the availability of paid sick leave to facilitating a short- or long-term disability referral or assisting with an accommodation or a return-to-work plan. In addition, if concerns arise around the physical or mental well-being of an employee, Human Resources may activate the university’s “Duty to Inquire” to ensure the employee receives the support they need.

Emily Carr’s Wellness Committee aims to support employees by providing a variety of programs and wellness-oriented workshops throughout the year. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Susan Milner (smilner@ecuad.ca | local 3825)

As an added bonus, employees who exercise during their noon hour may extend their break by 15 minutes.

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