Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Teachers taking more sick days after losing cash payout: Sandals

TORONTO - Education Minister Liz Sandals says it looks like Ontario teachers are taking more sick days because they lost the right to bank them and take a cash payout on retirement.

"There's no reason to believe that they're actually sicker than they were two years ago," Sandals said with a chuckle as she entered a cabinet meeting Wednesday.

"It would appear that there is a relationship between the belief that you lost something and taking more sick days."

The government says it saved an immediate $1 billion by eliminating teachers' ability to bank sick days in 2012, plus another $625 million in the next three years.

But teachers have been calling in sick more often since the benefit changes, costing school boards hundreds of millions of dollars to hire supply teachers.  (more...)

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