As you know, the 2018-2022 public service FI collective agreement incorporates legislative changes to the 2017 Employment Insurance Act (EI) regarding parental leave and has secured additional improvements for new parents.
We know these changes are important to the ACFO-ACAF community and we want to make sure our members have the information they need to make the best decision for themselves and their families. To that end, we have prepared a list of our most frequently-asked questions regarding the recent changes to parental leave and allowance. You can also find a summary table of the parental leave and benefits changes under EI here and under QPIP here.
If you have a question that is not addressed below, or if you require any further information, do not hesitate to contact a Labour Relations Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to offer any information and guidance you may need.
Public service FI ACFO-ACAF members beginning their parental leave on or after August 1, 2019 have the option of taking leave without pay for either:
All public service FIs members have this choice of leave, whether they are under the EI or QPIP regimes.
If eligible, employees can also take leave without pay for an additional 5 to 8 weeks under EI (shared weeks) and 5 weeks under the QPIP (paternity weeks). See the collective agreement for more information about eligibility or contact email@example.com.
The new parental leave provisions have been in effect since August 1, 2019. For information about the effective date of the allowance provisions, see question four.
There are five major changes to the parental allowance (top-up):
The deadline for the new parental allowance to take effect set out in the public service FI Collective agreement is January 28, 2020. However, Treasury Board has recently confirmed that the new parental allowance provisions in the 2018 – 2022 collective agreement will take effect on November 18, 2019.
Employees who start parental leave before November 18 will be subject to the allowance provisions of the 2014 – 2018 collective agreement. Those who start parental leave on or after November 18 will be subject to the allowance provisions of the 2018 – 2022 collective agreement.
The QPIP regime does not offer an extended parental leave benefit so the parental allowance is only payable under Option 1, the standard parental leave.
However, you are still eligible to take the extended parental leave as provided in the public service FI collective agreement. In this case, you will receive the standard parental allowance of 93% for up to 52 weeks (if one parent is working for the public service) or 57 (if both parents work for the public services and share the parental leave). After this period, you will be entitled to take the rest of your extended leave, but you will not receive an allowance.
The changes that do apply to public service FIs under QPIP include the parental allowance for 5 weeks of paternity benefits and, where eligible, the additional two weeks of allowance benefits. You can refer to the collective agreement or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about eligibility.
The standard parental benefit (corresponding with Option 1) under EI is 35 weeks to be taken within a 52-week period. Under the FI public service collective agreement, a parent is entitled to a parental allowance of 93% of their salary for a maximum of 37 weeks. The extra two weeks of allowance covers:
The extended parental leave (corresponding with Option 2) under EI is 61 weeks to be taken within a 78-week period. Under the FI public service collective agreement, an employee is entitled to a parental allowance of 55.8% of their salary a maximum of 63 weeks within the 78-week period. The extra two weeks of allowance covers:
For an employee under EI:
Under the FI public service collective agreement, two parents employed in the federal public service are entitled to a total parental allowance of 93% of their salary for a maximum of 57 weeks. This includes 15 weeks of maternity leave, a one-week waiting period, an additional week if applicable, 35 weeks of parental benefit and 5 weeks of shared parental benefit.
For an employee under QPIP:
Under the FI public service collective agreement, two parents employed in the federal public service are entitled to a total parental allowance of 93% of their salary for a maximum of 57 weeks. This includes 18 weeks of maternity leave, an additional two weeks if applicable, 32 weeks of parental benefit and 5 weeks of paternity benefit.
Under the FI public service collective agreement, two parents employed in the federal public service are entitled to a total parental allowance of 55.8% of their salary for a maximum of 86 weeks. This includes 15 weeks of maternity leave, one week waiting period, the additional week if applicable, parental leave of 61 weeks and 8 weeks of shared weeks.
Note that the QPIP regime does not offer an extended parental leave benefit. See question five above for more information.
Yes, employees who choose to use extended parental leave, and who are consequently absent for more than one year, will maintain their incumbents’ rights to their position.
In circumstances where both parents are public servants but have differing collective agreement language, each employee will be subject to the provisions of their respective collective agreement for their parental allowance eligibility and amount.
You are subject to the provisions of the collective agreement under which you first started your leave regardless of the timing of the second part of your leave.
If you opted for the standard parental benefits, having received a parental allowance of 93%, you are required to work an equivalent amount of time to the parental allowance received.
If you opted for the extended parental leave, having received a parental allowance of 55.8%, you are required to work 60% (at full time hours) of the parental allowance received.
This work may be fulfilled in the original position or a new position within the core public administration, an agency or another eligible public sector employer. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions or to ensure that new position is eligible for this purpose.