By Human Resources Communications on September 25, 2018
In the February 2018 issue of Benefits FYI, we explained how Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and UBC’s Supplemental Employment Benefits top-up would work as a result of the federal government changes to EI benefits for maternity and parental leaves that came into effect on December 3, 2017.
On May 17, 2018, amendments to the BC Employment Standards Act came into effect. These changes bring the maternity, parental, and compassionate care leave provisions in line with the federal government changes.
Details of the changes are summarized in the following table:
|Type of Leave||Old Provision||New Provision|
|Maternity||Maternity leave could begin up to 11 weeks before the child’s expected birth date.||Maternity leave may begin up to 13 weeks before the child’s expected birth date.|
|Parental – Birth Mothers||Birth mothers could take up to 35 weeks of parental leave.||Birth mothers may take up to 61 consecutive weeks of unpaid leave, which must begin immediately following maternity leave.|
|Parental – Birth Fathers||Birth fathers could take up to 37 weeks of parental leave within a 52-week period.||Birth fathers may take up to 62 consecutive weeks of unpaid leave, which must begin within 78 weeks (18 months) after the birth of the child.|
|Parental – Adopting Parents||Adopting parents could take up to 37 weeks of parental leave within a 52-week period.||Adopting parents may take up to 62 consecutive weeks of unpaid leave, which must begin within 78 weeks (18 months)|
|Compassionate Care||An employee could take up to eight weeks of unpaid compassionate care leave within a 26-week period.||An employee may take up to 27 weeks of unpaid compassionate care leave within a 52-week period.|
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By Human Resources Communications on February 20, 2018
On December 3, 2017, the federal government introduced new Employment Insurance (EI) benefits called the EI family caregiver benefit to help families care for a critically ill/injured family member or person that considers you a family member.
The new EI family caregiver benefits provide:
- Up to 15 weeks at 55% of salary (max. of $547/week) to care for adults 18 years of age or older
- Up to 35 weeks at 55% of salary (max. of $547/week) to care for children under 18 years of age
The new family caregiver benefits are offered in addition to EI compassionate care benefits for caregivers who are caring for terminally ill/injured family members or person that considers you a family member.
The BC Employment Standards Act currently provides eight weeks of job-protected leave for compassionate care, but does not include family caregiver leave. If you plan to apply for EI family caregiver benefits, you will need to apply for a general unpaid leave, and you will be responsible for paying the full cost of the benefits and pension you choose to maintain.
For more information:
Please visit the following Government of Canada sites to learn more about family caregiver benefits. You can also visit our Leaves section to learn more about taking a leave to care for a critically ill family member.