By Human Resources Communications on February 12, 2015
Welcoming a new baby or child into the family is a joyous occasion. It is also a time of many changes in family life and family dynamics which may necessitate time away from work to establish and adjust to new routines. To support you, maternity, parental and adoption leaves are available to faculty and staff.
Here is a brief summary of how maternity, parental or adoption leave works:
You are eligible for unpaid leave:
- Birth mothers: 17 weeks maternity + 35 weeks parental = 52 weeks
- Birth fathers: 37 weeks parental
- Adopting parents: 37 weeks parental
- Some employment groups may be eligible for additional unpaid leave.
During your unpaid leave, you may be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits*.
- Once you know the start and end dates of your leave, you can apply for EI benefits from Service Canada. If approved, you will receive 55% of your weekly earnings up to a maximum of $524 per week during your leave, after a 2 week unpaid waiting period is served.
- 15 weeks of EI maternity benefits are payable to the birth mother
- 35 weeks of EI parental benefits may be paid to one parent (birth mother, birth father or adopting parent) or shared between birth parents or adopting parents. In sharing situations, EI benefits are paid for a maximum of 35 weeks between both parents combined.
While receiving EI benefits, you may be eligible for UBC Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB)**.
- Some employment groups are eligible for SEB. If eligible, SEB will top-up your EI benefits to 95% of your weekly salary for a specified length of time.
- For example, a female employee who falls under the Management & Professional group takes 52 weeks (full year) of maternity/parental leave. She serves a 2 week unpaid waiting period and then receives $524/week in EI benefits for 50 weeks. The UBC SEB will pay 95% of her weekly salary for the 2 week EI unpaid waiting period and top-up her EI benefit to 95% of salary for 15 weeks. In summary, she will receive 95% of pay for 17 of the 52 weeks of maternity/parental leave.
*In order to be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, you must have 600 hours of insurable employment the previous 52 week period prior to the intended start date of benefits. Postdoctoral Fellow Award Recipients are ineligible for EI benefits; however, they may receive paid benefits from their Award or UBC (if their Award does not pay).
**Eligibility for SEB benefits depends on your employment group. Staff employees are required to return to work for at least six months following their leave. To find out if you are eligible, visit the Leaves page for your group.
For full information on the maternity, parental or adoptive provisions, including a Step-by-Step Guide to Taking a Maternity, Parental and Adoption Leave:
- Go to the Leaves page on the Human Resources website
- Select your employment group
- Click on Maternity, Parental and Adoption Leave.
For further questions, please contact Stephanie Mah, Benefits Specialist, at 604-822-6823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.