ARTICLE 24 - MATERNITY, PARENTAL AND ADOPTION LEAVE**

24.01 - Maternity/Parental and Adoption Leave**

24.02 - Further Period of Maternity, Parental and Adoption Leave

24.03 - Benefits      24.04 - Extension Leave

24.05 - Return from Leave - Regular Employees

24.06 - Return from Leave - Casual Employees

24.01 - Maternity/Parental and Adoption Leave**

(a) A pregnant employee, or an employee whose spouse is pregnant, or an employee who is adopting a child, shall qualify for leave under this Article.

 

(b) Upon request, the employee shall be granted leave of absence without pay for a maximum of 40 weeks. The request for leave must be made at least four weeks prior to the leave commencement date. An employee who requests a leave commencement date to begin within 30 days of the estimated date of birth or adoption may be required by the Employer

to produce a certificate of good health from a qualified medical practitioner.

 

(c) Illness arising due to pregnancy during employment may be charged to normal sick leave credits.

 

(d) An employee whose spouse is pregnant who takes leave under this Article must first have exhausted all compensatory time off credits.

 

24.02 - Further Period of Maternity, Parental and Adoption Leave

(a) A parent may request a further period of maternity, parental or adoption leave for a period of 12 consecutive weeks or shorter period. The period of leave shall commence immediately following the end of the parental leave taken in accordance with clause 24.01.

 

(b) An employee’s combined entitlement to leave of absence in accordance with clauses 24.01 and 24.02(a) shall not exceed a total of 52 weeks.

 

24.03 - Benefits

(a) Regular employees who, while on leave under this Article, elect to maintain coverage for medical, extended health, dental, group life or the Long Term Disability Plan shall, prior to the commencement of such leave, execute a written Assignment of Wages form permitting the deduction of the Employer's share of the premiums from any monies owed by the Employer to the employee. The Employer shall not make any deductions for premiums unless the employee fails to return and work a minimum of 30 days.

 

(b) Casual employees who have qualified for benefits under 8.03(b) prior to the commencement of leave granted in accordance with clause 24.01, and who elect to maintain coverage for medical, extended health, dental and group life while on leave under this article shall, prior to the commencement of such leave, execute a Written Assignment of Wages form permitting the deduction from any monies owed by the Employer to the Employee. The Employer shall not make any deductions for premiums unless the employee fails to return and work a minimum of 30 days.

 

(c) An employee who elects to maintain coverage for the benefits as outlined in (a) and (b) above is obligated, where applicable, to submit the premium payments of the employee's share in advance of the leave of absence or in advance of each month during the leave of absence.

 

24.04 - Extension Leave

Leave shall be extended for up to an additional six months for health reasons or required care of the child where a doctor’s certificate is presented.

 

24.05 - Return from Leave - Regular Employees

On return from leave under this Article a regular employee shall be placed in his/her former position or in a position of equal rank and basic pay. The employee shall be deemed to have resigned on the date upon which the leave of absence without pay commenced if written notice on intent to return to work is not made prior to the expiration of the leave.

 

24.06 - Return from Leave - Casual Employees

Upon return from leave under this Article, a casual employee shall be returned to the recall list with no adjustment to his/her seniority date.