Managing sick leave

Last updated on April 3, 2024

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Early intervention and return to work

Research shows that a program focused on early intervention and return to work is an effective way to reduce the rate of health-related absences and shorten the time an employee is absent from work.

Early Intervention and Return to Work eSeries

This e-learning series for supervisors will help you manage your employees who are ill or injured, whether they're still at work, off work, or returning to work after a period of absence.

These quick, just-in-time e-learning modules only take a few minutes to work through.

Short term sick leave

When an employee calls in sick or injured, it’s important to keep the lines of communication open.

See Short term sick leave for supervisors for more about your roles and responsibilities.

Long term disability

As a supervisor, you can offer positive and structured support to your employee on long term disability to help them eventually return to work successfully.

Medical assessments for safety sensitive work

If you're overseeing safety sensitive jobs, occupational health specialists will review and provide medical clearance and guidance where needed to support an employee's return to work.

Reporting other income, subrogation and integration of funds

There are 3 ways an injured employee may be compensated:

  1. By the employer's short term injury and illness plan (STIIP) or long term disability plan
  2. By a lawsuit for an injury from a motor vehicle accident that occurred prior to May 17, 2018, or a lawsuit for an injury from another source, such as a 'slip and fall' injury
  3. By a disability pension. For example:
    • WorkSafeBC
    • Canada Pension Plan
    • private disability insurance

If ICBC, a lawyer or another third party contacts you to get personnel file information or salary and pay information for an injured employee, the request must be submitted in writing and forwarded to AskMyHR (IDIR restricted) for processing. Clearly identify the employee's name in the subject line.

Let the employee and the party making the request know that you have forwarded the request for processing.

Health, safety and sick leave resources

The BC Public Service is committed to a culture that supports employee safety and health.

Whether you are managing your own health, or looking for information to support your team, we have the resources and supports you're looking for.


Questions? Submit an AskMyHR (IDIR restricted) service request.

Choose Myself (or) My Team or Organization > Employee & Labour Relations > Managing Attendance.

If you're a B.C. government employee without an IDIR, call the BC Public Service Agency to submit your service request.