Length of Service and Rights of Recall
An employee continues to accrue seniority, vacation, service, and rights of recall while on an employment leave or a combination of employment leaves to a maximum of 78 weeks.
An employee on leave continues to accrue vacation seniority, to a maximum of 78 weeks. After returning from leave, an employee gets the same vacation entitlements that the employee would have received if the leave had not been taken. Vacation pay may be lower since it is a percentage of the previous year's earnings.
For example, an employee with nine years of service has three weeks of vacation entitlements. If the employee takes 78 weeks of maternity and parental leave, the employee would have more than 10 years of seniority upon return to work. The employee would then be eligible for four weeks of vacation.
Participation in Benefit Plans While on Leave
An employer who provides benefit plans to employees must offer to continue to provide those benefits to an employee who is on leave, or a combination of leaves. The employee may be required to pay all premiums to maintain benefits.
An employee is entitled to participate in a benefit plan for the duration of the leave. The time limit for an employee to participate in a benefit plan will depend on the prescribed amount for the specific leave.
Benefit plans that an employee can continue participating in while on leave include medical, dental, disability or life insurance, accidental death or dismemberment, a registered retirement savings plan, and other pension plans.