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By Breeonne Baxter on February 2, 2017
Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the waiting period (unpaid) for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits has been reduced from two weeks to one week. The reduction in the waiting period applies to regular (unemployment) benefits, and special benefits for maternity, parental, adoption and compassionate care leaves.
The following explains the impact to maternity, parental and adoption EI benefits and the University’s Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB) Program:
There will be no change to the number of weeks of unpaid leave or length of time EI benefits are payable.
The number of weeks of unpaid leave remains at:
The length of time EI benefits are payable, after serving the one-week waiting period, continues to be:
The reduction in the waiting period to one week will impact the Supplemental Employment Insurance (SEB) Top-Up benefit programs at UBC. The changes are outline below and will apply to employees with leaves staring on or after Jan. 1, 2017.
Reducing the EI waiting period to one week will change:
1) How SEB benefits are calculated in Week Two:
2) Reduce the total number of weeks payable under SEB by one week. Using a birth mother who is in the CUPE 2950 employment group as an example:
There will be no change to how paid leave benefits are calculated for Postdoctoral Fellow Award Recipients.
This arrangement will be in place from Jan. 1, 2017, to Jan. 2, 2021. During this four-year period, the University will work with the Unions/Associations to make any necessary collective agreement changes to the SEB program to align with changes to the Federal EI program.
The Human Resources’ Maternity, Parental and Adoption Leave page includes a table that outlines by employment group the EI benefits and SEB benefits that are payable during each week of the leave.
If you have any questions, contact Stephanie Mah, HR Benefits Specialist, at email@example.com or (604) 8922-6823.