Who is eligible to receive SIP benefits?
The following people participate in the Plan:
- All active members of the Federation employed by a school board or a local association on a regular full-time or regular part-time assignment.
- All employees of the Federation, except those specifically exempted from participation in the Plan by the Federation.
- All affiliate administrative members not participating in a wage loss replacement plan may participate in the Plan for up to a maximum of 12 months, provided they apply within 30 days of appointment as an administrative officer.
Are TTOCs allowed to participate?
No, TTOCs are not permitted to participate in the Plan. The provincial collective agreement between the Federation and BCPSEA prohibits TTOC participation.
Am I entitled to SIP short-term if I have withdrawn from the long-term portion of the plan?
All contract teachers pay the short-term portion of the SIP fee and are entitled to apply for short-term disability benefits.
Why do I have to use my sick leave entitlements before going on short-term SIP?
Your local association has negotiated sick leave provisions into your local collective agreement. These provisions place the onus on the employer (school board) to provide full pay, with respect to a documented illness, until the expiration of sick leave or the maximum number of sick leave days that may be used in a year has been reached. Salary Indemnity Plan regulations state that a member shall be eligible for benefits on the first working day following the termination/expiration of sick leave.
Can I skip short-term and go directly to the long-term portion of SIP if I have a long-term illness?
The plan regulations are quite specific that a member shall be eligible for long-term disability benefits immediately following the termination of sick leave and SIP short-term benefits. Therefore, it is not possible to skip the short-term portion of the plan and go directly to the long-term portion.