Early Assistance and Support for Employees

EASE is sponsored by the NSAHO Long Term Disability Plan Trustees (comprised equally of employee and employer representatives) as part of their commitment to creating a healthy workplace and ensuring that disability benefits remain available to health care workers in Nova Scotia at a reasonable cost.  EASE is funded by the LTD Trust Fund.

Who is Eligible to use EASE?
EASE is available to all employees who pay into the NSAHO LTD Plan and have been off work for 21 consecutive days or more due to a non-work related illness or injury (no WCB).

EASE is Voluntary.
You decide if you want to join.  It's all up to you. There's no penalty if you choose not to participate.

EASE is Confidential.
All medical and personal information is completely confidential every step of the way.  Information is shared on a need-to-know basis only with your agreement.

EASE gives you a say in your recovery.
You are directly involved in all decisions that may affect your recovery.

EASE is personalized and flexible.
The program is tailored to your personal situation in an effort to minimize your disability and maximize your quality of life.  And this responsive program can change as your needs change.

EASE is consistent. 
The early intervention program operates efficiently within the structure of existing collective agreements.  It is consistent for all employees, regardless of work location or bargaining group.

EASE is NOT designed to:

  • Keep track of attendance.
  • Replace sick leave or the LTD Plan.
  • Harass ill or injured employees.
  • Catch employees who abuse the LTD Plan.
  • Act as "big brother" and follow a disabled employee's every move.
  • Replace any programs or approaches that your employer has in place.
  • Replace the Workers' Compensation Program.

Ask Away....All you want to know about EASE.   
Inside this document you will find answers to questions about the creation of EASE, Joining EASE, How EASE Works and The EASE Team.

If you would like to know more about EASE, please call the EASE Program Manager toll free at 1-888-824-EASE (3273).  A copy of the full brochure is also available for download.

If you have been absent from work and meet the EASE eligibility criteria, you can complete the EASE referral form on-line or return the form by fax to (902) 832-9074. A member of our staff will contact you within two days of receipt of the completed form.