Vacation and Sick Leave

Michaels knows work-life balance is important. That’s why we offer vacation and sick leave. Your balances are available in Workday.

Vacation

Requests for time off are granted on a first come, first served basis, and scheduling is based on the needs and demands of our business, so there are certain times of year when vacation use is restricted. If a statutory holiday falls within your vacation period, that day will not be counted as a vacation day and you will be entitled to an alternate vacation day off.

The vacation pay year for all Team Members begins April 1 and ends March 31. Vacation pay for any time between your actual start date and April 1 is provided on a pro-rated basis. Vacation entitlement does not carry forward year-to-year. You must take any unused vacation leave within 12 months following the end of the vacation pay year in it was accrued.

Team Members on a qualified leave of absence continue to accrue vacation time but not vacation pay unless required by law.

All Provinces except Saskatchewan and Quebec

Length of ServiceVacation Entitlement per Year of Service
Length of Service1 but less than 5 yearsVacation Entitlement per Year of ServiceTwo weeks of time off and 4% of gross annual earnings
Length of Service5 but less than 20 yearsVacation Entitlement per Year of ServiceThree weeks of time off and 6% of gross annual earnings
Length of Service20 years or moreVacation Entitlement per Year of ServiceFour weeks of time off and 8% of gross annual earnings

Saskatchewan Only

Length of ServiceVacation Entitlement per Year of Service
Length of Service1 but less than 10 yearsVacation Entitlement per Year of ServiceThree weeks of time off and 3/52 of gross annual earnings
Length of Service10 years or moreVacation Entitlement per Year of ServiceFour weeks of time off and 4/52 of gross annual earnings

Quebec Only

Length of ServiceVacation Entitlement per Year of Service
Length of ServiceLess than a yearVacation Entitlement per Year of Service1 day per worked month and 4% of the gross earnings during this period
Length of Service1 but less than 3 yearsVacation Entitlement per Year of ServiceTwo weeks of time off and 4% of gross annual earnings
Length of Service3 but less than 20 yearsVacation Entitlement per Year of ServiceThree weeks of time off and 6% of gross annual earnings
Length of Service20 years or moreVacation Entitlement per Year of ServiceFour weeks of time off and 8% of gross annual earnings

Sick Leave (for full-time Team Members)

Use paid sick leave in the case of injury or illness for yourself or a family member and to attend doctor or dental appointments for you or a family member.

If you can’t report to work, you must notify your supervisor no later than 30 minutes after the start of your scheduled shift, if possible, or leave a message on the call-in line.

You receive 24 hours of paid sick leave your first year, and 48 hours for each following year, up to a maximum of 240 hours. Unpaid leave may be available if you use all of your paid sick leave hours.

If provincial laws require more or different benefits, those laws will apply. You may be required to provide documentation from a physician.

If you have any questions, please contact your HR Partner.

Ontario Only

After 13 weeks of uninterrupted service, you may have up to 10 days of paid sick leave, and 15 weeks if you or your child suffers domestic or sexual violence, with the first five days paid. This leave may be taken to:

  • Get medical attention for physical or psychological injury caused by the violence
  • Obtain victim services or psychological/professional counselling
  • Relocate temporarily or permanently
  • Seek legal or law enforcement assistance or preparing to participate in any related civil or criminal legal proceeding.

You may also be eligible for 3 days of unpaid job-protected sick leave and 3 days of unpaid job-protected family responsibility leave.

Quebec Only

After 3 months of uninterrupted service, you may have up to 2 days of paid absence per year:

  • To fulfil obligations relating to the care, health or education of your child or spouse
  • To care for a relative or person with whom you act as a caregiver, as attested by a health and social services professional
  • In case of sickness
  • For organ or tissue donation
  • Following an accident, domestic or sexual violence, or a crime.