Family Caregiver EI Benefits – Information for Administrators

In the February issue of Benefits FYI, we detailed the federal government’s new EI family caregiver benefits, which help families care for a critically ill/injured family member or person that considers you a family member. The new benefits were introduced on Dec. 3, 2017, and are offered in addition to EI compassionate care benefits.

Summary of Key Points

  • The EI family caregiver benefit for children and adults are offered in addition to compassionate care EI benefits. An employee may apply for family caregiver benefits to care for a critically ill/injured family member or person who considers them a family member, whereas compassionate care benefits apply if the employee is caring for a terminally ill family member or person who considers them a family member (must be significant risk of death within 26 weeks).
  • The BC Employment Standards Act currently provides eight weeks of job-protected leave for compassionate care, but does not include family caregiver leave. If an employee applies for family caregiving EI benefits, they will need to apply for a general unpaid leave and they will be responsible for paying the full cost of the benefits and pension they choose to maintain.

For HR Administrators

If you have an employee where the above scenarios or situations apply, please ensure that you correctly code the leave for Payroll purposes.

For example, if you have an employee applying for family caregiving EI benefits, please use the code Leave of Absence, Family Caregiver Leave (LOA/FAM) if you are using ePAF (for a staff leave) or paper form (for a faculty leave). A new code was created to ensure a Record of Employment would be generated and sent to Service Canada.

If the employee is applying for a compassionate care leave, please continue to use Leave of Absence, Compassionate Leave (LOA/COM) for the first eight weeks of leave and general unpaid (personal) leave for any additional leave.

If you have any questions or concerns about backfilling staff positions, please speak with your HR Associate or Advisor.

More Information

Interim Vice President Human Resources: Linda McKnight

Lisa Castle will be retiring from her role of Vice President, Human Resources, on Dec. 6, 2017. With the recruitment process for the next vice president still under way, Linda McKnight, Managing Director, Human Resources, Strategic Staff Relations, has agreed to act as interim Vice President Human Resources until the new vice president begins their term. As interim vice president, Linda will have the full authority and responsibilities of the role including being a member of the UBC Executive team, supporting the Board of Governors in its governance responsibilities and providing institutional people leadership.  We are grateful to Linda for her willingness to step into this role into the first part of 2018.

Linda is a graduate of the University of Victoria.  She started her HR career at deHavilland Aircraft in Toronto, where she was responsible for employment equity when it was in its infancy.  After her time in Ontario, she returned to Vancouver where she enjoyed a 12-year career at Vancouver Coastal Health working as a Labour Relations Consultant, and then Director, Human Resources.  Linda came to UBC in 2002 as the Director, Human Resources Advisory Services. In her time here, she has built a strong team of HR professionals who provide values-driven institution-wide HR advice to managers and staff, and a thoughtful and measured approach to collective bargaining. In addition, she has provided leadership across the university in furthering the fundamental values of fair process and a respectful work environment.

Linda can be reached at

Memo Round-up: Economic Stability Dividend and Paid Leave Between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

In recent weeks, we have sent out three memos to the HR community of practice at UBC:

If you have any questions about how these subjects impact your workplace, please contact your Human Resources Advisor or Associate.