Leave for New Parents

Who is eligible?

All members of the Faculty Association who become a parent of a new-born or newly adopted children are eligible for parental leave.

All members of the Faculty Association, Postdoctoral Fellows, University Research Associates, and Visiting Faculty are eligible for unpaid parental leave.

What is offered?

Continuing and long-term members of the Faculty Association who become a parent of a new-born or newly adopted children are eligible for paid and unpaid parental leave.

  • one week at 95% salary (EI waiting period)
  • 34 weeks at 95% of salary less the maximum EI benefit that may be paid
  • 43 weeks unpaid leave during which you may be eligible for EI benefits

Where both parents are employees of SFU, the maximum combined leave entitlement (paid and unpaid) is 78 weeks.

If a child is certified by a medical practitioner to be suffering from a physical, psychological or emotional condition requiring an additional period of parental care, a faculty member can request an additional five weeks of unpaid parental leave.

Example: Birth mother claims full EI parental benefits

Type of leave

EI benefits from Service Canada

SFU Faculty top-up benefits

Maternity

 

  

Week 1: unpaid

 

Week 2-16 (15 weeks): 55% of salary

Week 1 (1 week): 95% of salary

 

Week 2-35: 95% of salary less the maximum EI benefit that may be paid

Parental

Standard parental benefits

Week 17-51 (35 weeks): 55% of salary

OR

Extended parental benefits

Week 17 – 77 (61 weeks): 33% of salary

 

Weeks 36-52: will be unpaid from SFU.

OR

Weeks 36-78: will be unpaid from SFU.

 

Example: Birth father claims full EI parental benefit:

Type of leave

EI benefits from Service Canada

SFU Faculty top-up benefits

Parental

Birth father is not required to serve waiting period (served by birth mother)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standard parental benefits

 

Week 1-35 (35 weeks): 55% of salary

OR

Extended parental benefits

Week 1 – 61(61 weeks): 33% of salary

 

 

Week 1-35: 95% of salary less the maximum EI benefit that may be paid

 

Weeks 36-52: will be unpaid from SFU.

OR

Weeks 36-78: will be unpaid from SFU.

Parental

Birth father is required to serve waiting period

Week 1: unpaid


Standard parental benefits

Week 2-36 (35 weeks): 55% of salary

OR

Extended parental benefits

Week 2 – 62 (61 weeks): 33% of salary

Week 1 (1 week): 95% of salary

 


Week 2-35
: 95% of salary less the maximum EI benefit that may be paid.

OR

Weeks 36-78: will be unpaid from SFU.

Example: Adopting parent claims full EI parental benefits:

Type of leave

EI benefits

SFU Faculty top-up benefits

Parental

Week 1: unpaid

Standard parental benefits

Week 2-36 (35 weeks): 55% of salary

OR

Extended parental benefits

Week 2 – 62 (61 weeks): 33% of salary

Week 1 (1 week): 95% of salary

 

Week 2-35: 95% of salary less the maximum EI benefit that may be paid.

OR

Weeks 36-78: will be unpaid from SFU.

Benefits and Pensions while on leave

Members will be placed on leave of absence without pay for the duration of the leave and will have benefits coverage maintained on the same basis as before the leave.

What is required

Application Process

Faculty members should complete the Parental Leave Application Form for paid and/or unpaid parental leave and provide to the Department Chair at least 3 months prior to the anticipated commencement of the leave.

1.     Birth mothers are able to start taking their parental leave up to 8 weeks prior to the expected date of birth.

2.     It is important that you confirm on the Parental Leave Application Form whether you are required to serve the one-week waiting period before receiving EI benefits. In many cases, when parental leave is shared, the other parent may have already served the one-week waiting period.

3.     You will also need to indicate the length of the leave you are applying for, up to a maximum of 78 week. Please note, your decision regarding the length of the leave you will take from SFU is not tied to an EI decision.

If a child is certified by a medical practitioner to be suffering from a physical, psychological or emotional condition requiring an additional period of parental care, a faculty member can request an additional five weeks of unpaid parental leave. The medical certificate can be sent with the Parental Leave Application Form to the Dean, Chair or Director. The Dean, Chair or Director can request clarification from Wellness if needed.  

Employment Insurance Parental Benefits

You must obtain the forms required for Employment Insurance (EI) parental benefits from your local EI office at Service Canada. The SFU Payroll department will file a Record of Employment (ROE) electronically with the EI office once your leave begins. EI will have this record of employment to refer to when you process your application for benefits. Please be aware there is a 1 week required waiting period before receiving EI benefits.

Employees will have the option to take either:

  • an extended parental leave of up to 61 weeks for birth mothers, birth fathers and adoptive parents with reduced EI benefits at 33% of earnings, which must be claimed within a 78-week period (18 months) after the week the child was born or placed for the purpose of adoption; or,
  • the current parental leave of up to 35 weeks for birth mothers, birth fathers and adoptive parents with the current EI benefits at 55% of earnings, which must be claimed within a 52-week period (12 months) after the week the child was born or placed for the purpose of adoption.
  • An employee must make their selection of benefit periods at the time of EI application. This decision should be made carefully as the selection cannot be changed.

Time

Faculty Member

SFU

3 months before start of leave

Complete the Parental Leave Application Form

Chair/ Director /Dean approves & sends to FR  

In advance or after start date of leave

Apply for EI: choose current or reduced benefit option

n/a

Start date of leave

 

Payroll sends ROE to EI

After birth

If child arrives at a different date indicated on the EI application, notify of EI of actual birth date.

 

After birth

Add new family member to your benefits by completing the PBC Change Form.

 

 

After birth

If your child is certified by a medical practitioner to be suffering from a physical, psychological or emotional condition requiring an additional period of parental care, you can request an additional five weeks of unpaid parental leave by sending the medical certificate to your Chair/Dean or Wellness.

Chair/Dean or Wellness will notify FR of additional 5 weeks in writing.

During leave

 

Office of the Vice-President Academic will let tenure track faculty know they may request a contract extension and where applicable a delay in tenure consideration for one year.

Tenure-track faculty members who have been on medical or parental leave from the University for four months or longer will be notified by the Office of the Vice-President, Academic that they may request a contract extension and, where applicable, a delay in tenure consideration for one year (article 30.13).

Resources 

Tools:

Parental Leave Application Form  (updated Dec 5/18)

Parental Blue Cross - Employee Change Form (To add new family member)

Collective Agreement Article:

Article 47: Leaves of Absence (Leave for New Parents, sections 47.10 to 47.28)

Contacts

Contact the Faculty Relations Advisor handling inquiries for your Faculty.