Pregnancy & Subsequent Parental Leave
According to the Employment Standards Act (ESA), a birth mother who has at least 13 weeks of employment is eligible for 17 weeks of pregnancy leave and an additional 35 (standard) or 61 (extended) weeks of parental leave. Please note that the election of a standard or extended leave option must be made prior to the commencement of an employee’s leave.
TMU pregnancy and subsequent parental leave sub plan top-up
TMU will pay a supplementary unemployment benefit (sub plan) to "top-up" your employment insurance.
In order to be eligible for TMU’s sub plan top-ups, an employee must be in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits.
There are two components to a pregnancy and subsequent parental leave: the length of time you can be on a leave of absence and the length of time you will receive income during your leave of absence. Based on Employment Insurance regulations and the Employment Standards Act, in some cases entitlement to income may not span the entire duration of the leave.
The top-up payment for standard leaves is paid according to the following schedule:
|Leave type||Length||EI benefits||TMU sub-plan top-up|
|Pregnancy leave (Waiting period)||First 1 week* (waiting period)||None||97% of your pay|
|Pregnancy leave||Next 16 weeks||55% of pay to an EI maximum (see EI website (external link) for details)||EI benefits + top-up amount = 97% of your pay|
|With pregnancy leave, TMU parental leave||4 weeks||55% of pay to an EI maximum (see EI website (external link) for details)||EI benefits + top-up amount = 97% of your pay|
|If no pregnancy leave, TMU parental leave||5 weeks||55% of pay to an EI maximum (see EI website (external link) for details)||EI benefits + top-up amount = 97% of your pay|
Note: Parental leave may be granted to an employee in accordance with the Ontario Employment Standards Act.
*If you share Employment Insurance parental benefits with another parent, you may be eligible for 5 extra weeks of standard parental benefits or either extra weeks of extended parental leave benefits. One parent cannot receive more than 35 weeks of standard benefits. One parent cannot receive more than 61 weeks of extended benefits.
Sub plan top-up payments from TMU will cease on the end date of an employee's contract.
Employment insurance details
The table below outlines the process for initiating pregnancy leave.
|Contact||Details||When do I contact them?|
|Your chair/director and HR client services||
Note: Any additional inquiries that you may have regarding your pregnancy should be directed to HR Client Services.
Note: A delay in application will delay receiving your benefits.
|HR Pension and Benefits Unit||
Employment Insurance is federally regulated and provides income during your leave. To qualify for EI benefits, the Employment Insurance Act requires at least 600 hours of insurable employment in the 52 week period preceding the claim or since your last claim for employment insurance benefits.
Parents can also choose to split or share parental leave benefits, if both parents are eligible. If the benefits are split, only one parent will need to serve a two-week waiting period.
You can begin your pregnancy leave, as per ESA, no earlier than 17 weeks before the expected date of birth. You may begin a claim for pregnancy benefits, as per EI, up to 12 weeks before a child is born but no later than the birth of the child.
To prevent any delays in processing your claim and top-up payments from TMU, you must apply for employment insurance no later than the birth of your child .
For employees who also take pregnancy leave, parental leave begins when the pregnancy leave ends. Your parental leave must begin and end within 52 weeks or 78 weeks (extended Parental Leave) from the time the child is born.
If you would like to suspend your parking deductions for the duration of your pregnancy/parental leave or if you have any questions regarding your parking space while on your leave, please contact Parking Services at 416-979-5008. You will also need to contact the same number to arrange to have your parking deductions/space reinstated when you return from your leave.
Generally, payments deducted from your pay that fall under TMU donations are suspended for the duration of your leave and resume upon return from pregnancy/parental leave. If you would like to stop your donations at any time, please submit a written request to University Advancement who will forward the deduction cancellation to Human Resources.
One month's notice is required in order for payroll deductions to be stopped. If you would like to suspend or cancel your RAC dues/membership, please contact their customer service representatives at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-979-5096.
If there is a question about any portion of this leaves information, the applicable Collective Agreement is the governing document.