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The Cost of Banking Sick Days in the Public Sector

This report looks at the cost of banking sick days in the public sector.

Banked sick days are costing federal and provincial governments $3.8 billion.

Federal government employees can take up to 15 paid sick days per year and can carry them into the future without limit. As of 2012-13, federal employees had an average of 74 banked sick days, the equivalent of 15 work weeks.

This report recommends eliminating the banking of sick days in the public sector, as well as cash payouts for unused sick days.