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Great outcome for Member on personal leave issue

RECENTLY a CPSU Member was physically unable to get a medical certificate and therefore submitted two Statutory Declarations in support of their application for personal leave, which were knocked back.

The department treated this Member’s leave as personal leave without appropriate evidence, which effectively meant their pay was docked for being sick.

The CPSU indicated to the department they were in breach of the Award and were required to accept the Statutory Declarations as it had not been reasonably practicable for the Member to obtain a medical certificate. After the CPSU brought the matter to the attention of the Department, the Member was reimbursed. But the Department later said it had an issue with this and may seek to recover the pay, and the matter was referred to the Tasmanian Industrial Commission. Finally the matter was settled before a conference was needed and now the Member will not be out of pocket.

As well as being a fair outcome for this Member, this case serves as a reminder to CPSU Members – Statutory Declarations can be used when it’s not reasonably practical to obtain a medical certificate.


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