On November 9, the federal government announced changes to the Federal Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for maternity and parental leaves that come into effect on December 3, 2017.
The changes to EI will provide the option to receive reduced parental leave benefits for a longer period of time.
Details of the changes are summarized in the following table:
|EI Benefits Prior to December 3, 2017||EI Benefits After December 3, 2017|
|Individuals can choose one of the following two options:
The change to EI parental benefits will provide reduced parental leave benefits for a longer period of time. The dollar value of the EI parental leave benefit will be the same regardless of whether you opt to take the higher benefit (55%) for the shorter period (35 weeks) or the lower benefit (33%) for the longer period (61 weeks).
Given that the BC government has not amended the Employment Standards Act and the maternity/parental leave provisions of the University’s various collective agreements and handbooks still apply, the HR department is currently reviewing these changes and will provide further information in the coming weeks.