Payment during Pregnancy Leave
An employee receives no pay for the first two weeks of pregnancy leave.
Employees who are eligible for pregnancy benefits under the Employment Insurance Act may collect benefits for up to 15 of the 17 weeks of pregnancy leave. For 15 weeks, 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. Employees must provide proof of the employment insurance payment to payroll.
In accordance with the Employment Insurance Act, a mother intending to take a combined pregnancy and parental leave will make a selection for the length of parental leave at the start of the pregnancy leave for Employment Insurance purposes. This selection will be shared by and be applicable to both eligible parents.
Part-time employees are paid on the same basis as full time employees but the pay is pro-rated.
Basic benefits coverage continues during the 17-week pregnancy 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 pregnancy leave. However, the period of leave does not count towards completion of the probationary period.
An employee's vacation entitlement is not affected by pregnancy leave.
If an employee wants to maintain pension service credits she must pay the employee's pension contributions for the duration of the leave. The city will match these contributions.