Imagine attending a meeting with your supervisor expecting the meeting to be about one thing, and it turns out to be about something completely different. You suddenly start feeling nervous. Maybe there's an HR advisor there wanting to discuss a work incident. Maybe you're being asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement, and you worry about what that means. Maybe you're in a meeting with Manulife about long-term disability, and they're asking you to sign a document that you're not sure is in your best interest.
Each of these meetings calls for having an APSA representative present.
Why should you have an APSA representative present?
We are here to look out for your best interests, and we have the knowledge and experience to understand the implications of what the University may be asking you to do. We can help you understand all your options, including any legal ones, with the help of our retained counsel, Allan Black, QC.
Here's what APSA advocates can represent you on:
- Return to work and accommodation meetings
- Meetings where you are the subject of an administrative investigation
- Meetings with the Wellness and Recovery Office regarding return to work, accommodations and subrogation agreements
- The University's insurance carrier, Manulife, regarding long-term disability applications, assessments and long-term disability continuity
Above isn't an exhaustive list, but some of the many ways that APSA can help represent you.
If you feel nervous or concerned about any meeting, trust your instincts. It's okay to stop a meeting at any point and ask for APSA representation. You can always then take the time to contact APSA to arrange a consultation with an advocate.