6. A financial planner is exempt from professional development requirements if he is absent or on leave during a period of at least 4 consecutive weeks, in particular owing to sickness or accident, or for family or parental reasons. For purposes of this section, the causes and terms of an absence are those set out in Divisions V.0.1 and V.1 of Chapter IV of An Act respecting labour standards (chapter N-1.1).
A financial planner may obtain an exemption in accordance with the first paragraph if he submits a written application to the Authority outlining the reasons for the exemption together with an explanatory document or medical certificate in support of the alleged situation.
Before refusing in whole or in part an application for an exemption, the Authority must give the financial planner written notice of his right to submit written observations within the time limit indicated by it.