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Maternity, parental and adoption leave for CUPE 116, CUPE 2278 and CUPE 2950

 

What benefits will I receive during a maternity, parental or adoption leave?

The following tables show the Employment Insurance benefits and Supplemental Employment Benefits top-up that you may be eligible for.

Pregnant Employee

Pregnant employees are eligible for up to 78 weeks of unpaid leave (17 weeks maternity plus 35 weeks standard parental leave or 61 weeks extended parental leave). During the unpaid leave, a pregnant employee can apply for Employment Insurance (EI) and Supplemental Employment Benefits top-up (SEB) (available during the maternity leave only). For parental leave, two parents may share the EI parental benefits and both parents are required to choose the same option, either standard or extended. You cannot change between options once parental benefits have been paid. The scenario below assumes the pregnant employee claims the full EI parental benefits (if there is sharing, then the payments will be adjusted).

Type of leave EI benefits from Service Canada SEB top-up from UBC Additional SEB top-up upon return to work? 6 month return to work requirement in order to keep SEB top-up?
Maternity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1: unpaid

 

Week 2-16 (15 weeks): 55% of salary (max of $595/week)

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1 (1 week): 95% of salary

 

Week 2-16 (15 weeks): EI benefit topped up to 95% of salary

Additional 5% for Weeks 1-16 will be paid upon return to work for 6 months Yes
Parental Standard parental benefits

 

Week 17-51 (35 weeks): 55% of salary to a max of $595/week

OR

Extended parental benefits

Week 17-77 (61 weeks): 33% of salary to a max of $357/week)

Not applicable

Birth Parent

Birth parents are eligible for up to 62 weeks of unpaid parental leave (37 weeks standard parental leave or 62 weeks of extended parental leave). During the unpaid leave, a birth parent can apply for Employment Insurance (EI). For parental leave, two parents may share the EI parental benefits and both parents are required to choose the same option, either standard or extended. You cannot change between options once parental benefits have been paid. The scenario below assumes the birth parent claims the full EI parental benefits (if there is sharing, then the payments will be adjusted).

Type of leave EI benefits from Service Canada SEB top-up from UBC Additional SEB top-up upon return to work? 6 month return to work requirement in order to keep SEB top-up?
Parental

 

Birth parent is not required to serve waiting period (satisfied by pregnant parent during maternity leave)

Standard parental benefits

 

Week 1-37 (37 weeks): 55% of salary (max of $595/week)

OR

Extended parental benefits

Week 1-62 (62 weeks): 33% of salary (max of $357/week)

Not applicable
Parental

 

If the waiting period must be served by the birth parent

Week 1: unpaid

 

Standard parental benefits

Week 2-36 (35 weeks): 55% of salary (max of $595/week)

OR

Extended parental benefits

Week 2-62 (61 weeks): 33% of salary (max of $357/week)

Not applicable

Adopting parent

Adopting parents are eligible for up to 62 weeks of unpaid adoption leave (37 weeks standard parental leave or 62 weeks extended parental leave). During the unpaid leave, the adopting parent can apply for Employment Insurance (EI). For adoption leave, two parents may share the EI parental benefits and both parents are required to choose the same option, either standard or extended. You cannot change between options once parental benefits have been paid. The scenario below assumes one adopting parent claims the full EI parental benefits (if there is sharing, then the payments will be adjusted).

Type of leave EI benefits from Service Canada SEB top-up from UBC  Additional SEB top-up upon return to work? 6 month return to work requirement in order to keep SEB top-up?
Parental

 

Adopting parent required to serve the waiting period

 

Week 1: unpaid

 

Standard parental benefits

Week 2-36 (35 weeks): 55% of salary (max of $595/week)

OR

Extended parental benefits

Week 2-62 (61 weeks): 33% of salary (max of $357/week)

Not applicable; however, CUPE 116, CUPE 2278 and CUPE 2950 are eligible for pre-placement adoption leave.

 

 

Disclaimer

The benefits information on this website is provided as a descriptive summary only. While the University has endeavored to accurately reflect its benefit programs, policies and plans, the information on this website does not create any contractual or other rights between the University and its faculty and staff members. To the extent that there are any conflicts or discrepancies between the benefits information on this website and the benefit plan documents (including group insurance contracts and benefit booklets) or any applicable collective agreement, employment agreement, or UBC policy, the benefit plan documents and collective agreement, employment agreement, or UBC policy will govern in all cases.

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