Maternity and paternity leave: Splitting into separate periods; not returning to work (Ask an Expert)

Splitting parental leave into separate periods, Employees not returning from maternity or parental leave
By Annie Chong
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 03/20/2013

Splitting parental leave into separate periods

Question: Can an employee on a parental leave break the leave up? One of our employees is requesting to take his parental leave in two segments. Is this allowed?

Answer: The answer depends on the jurisdiction in which the employee works since parental leave is covered under provincial/territorial employment/ labour standards and the Canada Labour Code for federally regulated employees and employers.