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Family Leave

Saskatchewan has several different types of family leave available including maternity, adoption, parental, bereavement, and crime related child death or disappearance.

To view a summary of these leaves, please review the Employment Leaves Quick Reference - Maternity, Adoption, Parental and the Employment Leaves Quick Reference - Family

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1. Maternity Leave

The birth parent with at least 13 weeks of employment with an employer are eligible to 18 weeks of maternity leave. A birth parent must give four weeks' written notice to the employer before the leave is estimated to begin and end. The leave can start any time in the 12 weeks prior to the estimated date of birth or any time in the eight weeks prior to the estimated birth date if the employee has failed to give the employer the required notice and medical certificate.   

The leave duration can consist of:

  • 18 unpaid weeks;
  • An additional 6 weeks if the employee is unable for medical reasons to return to work after the expiration of the maternity leave;
  • Not less than six weeks, if the actual date of birth is later than the estimated date; or
  • 14 weeks, if the employee has failed to give the employer the required notice and medical certificate.

Employers cannot take discriminatory action against an employee if she is:

  • pregnant or temporarily disabled because of pregnancy;
  • applies for, or takes, an employment leave or is otherwise absent from the workplace; or
  • requests a modification of the employee’s duties or a reassignment to other duties because of the pregnancy.

An employee must provide the employer at least four weeks notice before she intends to return to work. Upon returning, an employee is entitled to return to the same job if the employment leave is for 60 days or less. If the leave is longer than 60 days, the employee can be reinstated to a comparable job. The employee must receive at least the same wage and benefits as before the leave. 

For more information about eligibility and Employment Insurance maternity benefits, please contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218.

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2. Adoption Leave

The parent that is designated primary caregiver, who has at least 13 weeks of employment with an employer, is eligible to 18 weeks of adoption leave leave. The primary caregiver must give four weeks’ written notice to the employer before the leave is estimated to begin and end. The adoption leave begins on the day that the child comes into the employee’s care or becomes available for adoption.  

The leave duration is 18 unpaid weeks.

Employers cannot take discriminatory action against an employee if the employee has applied for or taken an employment leave or is otherwise absent from the workplace.

Employees must provide the employer at least four weeks' notice before they intend to return to work. Upon returning, an employee is entitled to return to the same job if the employment leave is for 60 days or less. If the leave is longer than 60 days, the employee can be reinstated to a comparable job. The employee must receive at least the same wage and benefits as before the leave.

For more information about eligibility and Employment Insurance maternity benefits, please contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218.

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3. Parental Leave

In addition to maternity leave and adoption leave, parental leave can be taken following maternity or adoption leave, or separately.

The birth parent or primary caregiver is eligible for 34 weeks of parental leave. Parents who did not take maternity leave or adoption leave are eligible for up to 37 weeks. The parent or primary caregiver must have at least 13 weeks of employment with their employer.

When a parent taking maternity or adoption leave also takes parental leave, the parental leave must be taken consecutively with the maternity or adoption leave.  For the parent that does not take maternity leave or adoption leave, the parental leave can be taken in the period: up to 12 weeks before the estimated date of birth but before 52 weeks after the actual date of birth.

If the parental leave is taken after maternity or adoption leave, four weeks’ written notice must be provided before the end of the maternity or adoption leave.  If taken separately, four weeks’ notice must be given before the leave is to begin. An employer can request a birth adoption certificate along with the notice.

Upon returning, an employee is entitled to return to the same job if  the employment leave is for 60 days or less. If the leave is longer than 60 days, the employee can be reinstated to a comparable job. The employee must receive at least the same wage and benefits as before the leave. 

Employers cannot take discriminatory action against an employee if the employee has applied for or taken an employment leave or is otherwise absent from the workplace.

For more information about eligibility and Employment Insurance maternity benefits, please contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218.

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4. Bereavement Leave

When a member of an employee’s immediate family dies, an employee, with at least 13 weeks of employment with an employer, is entitled to bereavement leave. The leave can be for up to five days, and must be taken within the period beginning one week before and ending one week after the funeral relating to the death to which the leave is granted.

An employee's immediate family is defined as:

  • the employee’s spouse, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister or the spouse of the brother or sister; or
  • the employee’s spouse’s parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister or the spouse of the brother or sister.

The term “spouse” means, with respect to an employee:

     (i)    the legally married spouse of the employee; or
     (ii)   a person with whom the employee cohabits and has cohabited as spouses:
            (A)  continuously for a period of not less than two years; or
            (B)  in a relationship of some permanence if the person and the employee
                  are the parents of a child.

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Crime-related child death or disappearance leave is unpaid, job-protected leave of up to 104 weeks. A parent with at least 13 weeks of employment service is entitled to this leave if their child has disappeared or died due to a crime related incident. The parent must also provide notice to the employer as soon as possible before the leave begins.

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