With the current global restrictions on travel, the provincial closure of non-essential services, and the reality of social distancing requirements, vacation time may look a little different this year. But taking care of your own well-being and that of your family continues to be important and enjoying vacation time is of even greater importance in these unpredictable times.
As our community continues to work through these challenging times and to make plans, both business and personal, for the remainder of the 2020 year, we understand it may be helpful to set out key guiding principles regarding vacation. These guiding principles do not supersede specific language in any employment contract or collective agreement – rather, they are intended to support and enable discussions between employees and their supervisors for the scheduling of vacation time within the parameters of those agreements.
Employees are encouraged to be flexible and cooperative in scheduling their vacation time, recognizing that supervisors will be working to balance time off for overall teams while also ensuring the work of the University can continue effectively.
The University community has come together in so many incredible examples of cooperation and teamwork throughout this crisis to date. While we understand that nothing about the current circumstances is ideal, we anticipate that these guiding principles will help the community in working through vacation scheduling for this challenging 2020 year.
We thank everyone in advance for their continued cooperation and teamwork and wish all you some much deserved time for rest and relaxation over the coming months!