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Time off for parental leave, necessity of paper ROEs, paying retirement allowances in instalments
By Annie Chong
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 10/02/2017
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1 Once in effect, recently passed amendments to the Canada Labour Code will increase the maximum length of the leave to 63 weeks. Under current rules, the maximum combined pregnancy and parental leave is 52 weeks.
2 The maximum combined pregnancy and parental leave is 52 weeks.
3 The Ontario government is proposing to increase the amount of leave to 63 weeks. For those who also take a pregnancy leave, the maximum parental leave would be 61 weeks.
4 The 34-week period applies to employees who are also entitled to take a maternity leave or an adoption leave. The 37-week period is for employees who are not entitled to a maternity or adoption leave.
The labour standards requirements are minimums only. Employers may choose to change their policies to allow for longer periods of parental leave. Some jurisdictions also legislate a separate period of leave for adoption and some allow employees to extend a parental leave if the child or newborn has a health condition that requires additional time off. Canadian Payroll Reporter illustration

Time off for parental leave

QUESTION: I understand that the federal government is changing the maximum period in which individuals may receive employment insurance (EI) parental benefits. Will this change affect unpaid parental leaves that employers must provide under labour standards law?

ANSWER: Recently passed federal legislation, which is not yet in force, will allow individuals claiming EI parental benefits to choose whether they want to receive the benefits for up to 35 weeks at a rate of 55 per cent of their average insurable weekly earnings or for a maximum of 61 weeks at a 33 per cent benefit rate.