Becoming a parent is an exciting life transition. You may be eligible for a maternity, parental or adoptive parent leave to look after your new child. You will also want to consider making changes to your benefits now that you have a child.
Here’s a summary of what you need to know:
Unpaid Leave, Employment Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Employment Benefits
Birth or adoptive mothers and fathers are eligible for unpaid leave under the BC Employment Standards Act.
During the unpaid leave, birth or adoptive mothers and fathers may qualify for Employment Insurance maternity and/or parental benefits after serving a one-week waiting period (formerly two-week waiting period), which provide you with a certain percentage of your pre-leave earnings to a maximum amount.
Some UBC employee groups are eligible for a top-up benefit called the Supplemental Employment Benefits Program to bring their earnings while on leave closer to their pre-leave salary for a specified period of time.
For further details including how to apply for leave, eligibility for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB) and how to apply, please visit our Maternity, Parental and Adoptive Leave page.
Continuing Your Benefits Coverage While on Leave
You will need to decide whether to maintain your benefit coverage and pension contributions while you are on leave.
UBC will continue to pay the employer portion of your benefit premiums and you are responsible for paying the employee portion of the premiums that are normally deducted from your paycheque.
For your pension, UBC will continue to contribute the employer portion only if you continue to contribute the employee portion.
Visit Benefits Coverage While on Leave for further details.
Add Your Child to Your Benefits
You should receive the MSP Baby Enrolment Form at the hospital. Complete the form and submit it to Health Insurance BC.
If you are enrolled in the MSP, Extended Health, Dental and Employee and Family Assistance Program through UBC, also complete the Newborn/Adoption Enrolment Form for Group Medical Coverages and forward it to Payroll.
For other considerations, such as updating your UBC life insurance beneficiary or for childcare options, please visit our Having or Adopting a Child page.