Payment during Parental Leave
Employees who are eligible for parental benefits under the Employment Insurance Act may collect benefits for up to 63 weeks of parental leave.
Employment insurance is paid to one parent or the other or can be split between both parents.
The city pays a top-up equal to the difference between the employment insurance benefit, plus any other earnings, and 75% of an employee's regular pay for up to 61 weeks of the parental leave. Employees must provide proof of the employment insurance payment to payroll.
Employees who had a two week waiting period for top-up for pregnancy leave continue to receive top-up for parental leave without a further waiting period
Other employees (e.g. fathers or adoptive parents) will receive parental leave top-up after a two week waiting period.
Part-time employees are paid on the same basis as full time employees but the pay is pro-rated.
Basic benefits coverage continues during parental leave for employees eligible for benefits. Employees are responsible for premiums that they would normally pay for, such as group life insurance.
Benefits coverage for part-time employees continues to be pro-rated.
Service and eligibility for benefits, including sick pay accrual (where applicable) continue to accrue during parental leave. However, the period of leave does not count towards completion of the probationary period.
An employee's vacation entitlement is not affected by any period of legislated parental leave i.e.37 or 63 weeks.
If an employee wants to maintain pension service credits they must pay the employee's contributions for the duration of the leave. The city will match these contributions.