48. An employee absent from work for a reason qualifying him for salary insurance is exempt, respecting the period for which he is qualified for salary insurance or receives salary-insurance benefits, from contributions that would have been deducted from his salary had he not been absent from work.
In the case where contributions are reimbursed to the employees, the contributions from which they have been exempt shall be considered to have been actually paid. However, in cases where the salary-insurance plan so provides, the insurer must pay to the Commission an amount equal to the contributions that would have been paid and such amount shall be credited to the account of the employee.
A contribution shall however be deducted from the amount received by an employee as salary during a period of absence compensated for out of accumulated sickleave provided for by a collective agreement.
1973, c. 12, s. 41; 1974, c. 9, s. 8; 1977, c. 21, s. 12.