7. A representative is exempt from the professional development requirements if he is absent or on leave during a period of at least 4 consecutive weeks owing to sickness or accident, or for family or parental reasons. For purposes of this section, the causes and terms of an absence or leave are those set out in Divisions V.0.1 and V.1 of Chapter IV of the Act respecting labour standards (chapter N-1.1).
A representative may obtain an exemption in accordance with the first paragraph if he submits a written request to the Chamber setting out the reasons justifying the exemption and provides the supporting document or medical certificate attesting the existence of the situation invoked.
The Chamber grants the exemption for the duration and under the conditions provided for in the supporting document or medical certificate.
When it refuses the exemption in whole or in part, the Chamber advises the representative in writing and informs the latter of his right to present written observations within the time limits given by it.