Having a Baby?
Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby! This page is intended as a general guide on what moms and dads need to do when their baby is born and general information regarding Maternity Leaves within the district. For more information related directly to your situation please contact us, we would love to discuss it with you!
Congratulations, you just found out you're expecting a baby! While we don't need to know before you tell your family, we do need to know at least 6 weeks before your expected date of delivery.
An employee that has successfully completed 90 days of service is entitled to a maternity related leave of absence. The leave may be comprised of sick leave and maternity leave. Apply for your leave to Human Resources during this time frame and attach a note from your doctor confirming your estimated due date and the dates you would like to start and end your leave. You will receive detailed information on what's to come from the Director of Personnel and Payroll.
2 weeks before your due date ...
Prior to taking maternity leave, doctors or midwives may write a medical statement that the employee is not able to work due to pregnancy-related health issues. If this occurs more than two weeks prior to the estimated due date, please provide the medical statement to Human Resources and we will place you on sick leave until your child is born or until your sick leave credits expire, whichever comes first. If an employee takes sick leave in the two weeks prior to the estimated due date, there is no need to provide a medical statement.
Benefits coverage while on leave
Your benefits coverage while you are on leave depends on your employee group. Please select the appropriate group below:
As soon as baby is born ...
Dads, this is for you too! Please let HR/Payroll know that your baby has arrived and give us his or her name, date of birth and gender so we can add baby to your benefit plan (if applicable). This also alerts us to prepare the documents needed for mom to apply for Maternity Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Your Record of Employment (ROE) will be sent electronically to Service Canada and you will not receive a paper copy of it.
Apply for Employment Insurance benefits
It is best to do this as soon as possible after the birth of your baby so your claim is not delayed. Applications for EI are done online on the Service Canada website.
Supplementary Plan Top Up
The collective agreement/handbook provisions include an income supplement to the Employment Insurance benefit associated with the birth of the child during the health-related portion of your maternity leave, usually six weeks after the birth of your child. This income supplement will top-up the Employment Insurance benefits to provide you with an income equal to the income level earned prior to the birth of the child. RDPSD pays this income supplement only during times when an employee would normally work, not during Christmas break, spring break or summer vacation for 10 month staff. Under terms of the collective agreement, RDPSD pays the supplement for a period of more than six weeks if the teacher provides medical evidence indicating that an extension of the health-related portion is required.
When your EI claim has been accepted you will be able to view the gross weekly rate you will be paid on the My Service Canada website. Please forward a copy of this information via mail or email to your Payroll and Benefits Specialist so that your supplementary top up pay can be calculated.