1. Fill out a Wellness Referral Form
This can be filled out by you, your supervisor or HR SBA.
2. Confirm you are eligible for Disability Benefits
Disability benefits includes a continuance of salary benefit. Eligibility will depend on your employee group and or length of appointment.
If you are not eligible for Disability Benefits
If you are not eligible for disability benefits, you will accumulate sick leave at 1.25 days per month (prorated to your FTE). At the time of employment, you should be told whether you accumulate these days, or if they are paid out on each pay cheque.
If you are eligible for Disability Benefits
Learn if and how you accrue sick leave and the process for submitting a claim for Disability Benefits which includes short-term disabilities (continuance of salary) and long-term disabilities.
When you should fill out a Wellness Resource Referral Form
Changes to wellness referrals for COVID-19 positive casesDue to the rapid escalation in COVID-19 cases and recent reductions to isolation periods as directed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the guidelines for when to submit a wellness referral to wellness resources when an employee has tested COVID-19 positive have changed. Employees testing positive for COVID-19 and unable to perform the full scope of their work are required to notify their supervisor through the department/unit’s regular sick time processes. For employees that remain symptomatic after their fifth day off work, a wellness referral must be submitted to wellness resources. This is a temporary modification to our standard process and will be subject to future change as circumstances warrant.
The following are common circumstances in which it is best for a supervisor, human resources and unions/associations to refer an employee or an employee to self-refer to Wellness Resources:
1. Medical Accommodation (Temporary or Permanent)
If an employee requires a temporary and/or permanent accommodation due to a medical disability.
2. Extended Medical Absence
If an employee is currently away or planning on being away from work for more than 5 consecutive business days due to medical or if the duration of absence is unknown due to illness or non-occupational injury (see above for more information).
3. Patterns of/or Excessive Absence
If there is a pattern of absence or excessive absences over a period of time that may be due to medical issues.
4. Motor Vehicle Accident Injury (SGI claim)
If an employee is away from work due to an injury they sustained in a motor vehicle accident and will be absent from the workplace due to injury.
Support and counselling
Employee and Family Assistance
The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) offers free, confidential services to USask employees and family members.
Wellness Resources has resources to help work with employees who are are sick or injured.
Administration Building, room E140
105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A2
150 Research Annex
105 Maintenance Road
Saskatoon SK S7N 5C5
Employee and Family Assistance Program
USask's Employee and Family Assistance Program offers someone to talk to and resources to consult whenever and wherever you need.
Free and confidential support services include:
- Confidential emotional support
- Work-life solutions
- Legal guidance
- Financial resources
- Physical health coaching