5 responses to “Federal Government Changes to Employment Insurance Benefits for Maternity & Parental Leaves”

  1. Noosha

    How long after being employed is one entities to maternity leave?

  2. Stephanie Mah

    Hi Noosha,

    Unpaid maternity/parental leave falls under the BC Employment Standards Act and is available to birth mothers regardless of how long they have been employed.

    In order to quality for Employment Insurance (EI) maternity and parental benefits, you must have worked 600 insurable hours in the previous 12 month period prior to the start date of your maternity leave. The 600 insurable hours may be satisfied while employed at UBC or any other previous employer in the previous 12 months.


  3. Rehana

    Can a worker opt to take the first option on parental leave (EI payments of 55% of weekly earnings for 35 weeks) but still do up to 18 months of total leave? I understand that this would mean no EI benefit after 12 months.

    1. Stephanie Mah

      Hi Rehana,

      Under BC Employment Standards, maternity/parental leave is a maximum of 12 months for birth mothers. If you would like to take additional leave beyond the 12 months, you will need to apply for an unpaid general (also called personal) leave. For more information on general leave and the maximum length of time allowed for your employment group, please visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/wellbeing-benefits/benefits/details/vacation-leaves/general-leave/.


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