Canadian Bees: Do you still earn vacation time when on maternity leave?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

MrsCallalily:  short answer- yes. I’ll see if I can find the reference.

If you work under a collective agreement the terms ae usually better.

Because you are still considered to be employed during maternity/parental, family medical, organ donor or reservist leaves you generally continue to accumulate vacation time when you are away.

However, if your contract says you have to be at work to accrue paid vacation, you may not earn either vacation time or pay when you are on leave. But, when you return at the end of your leave, you must be credited with at least the statutory minimum vacation time and pay.

For example, if your contract provides active employees with three weeks of paid vacation and you take a one-year maternity/parental leave, on your return you must be credited with at least two weeks of paid vacation.

Post # 4
4147 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

julies1949:  I wish I could meet you in real life.  I just want to know who you are hahah.  You always have the right answer, whether or not it’s what we want to hear. 

Post # 5
4147 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

MrsCallalily:  Sorry to thread jack lol – I always click on Canadian links, just to see what’s going on

Post # 7
2047 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

MrsCallalily:  I would definatly check your own personal situation though because I think it might depend on the company. I dont think I get vacation on mat leave (although I havent checked into all my work stuff yet with my employment contract and HR etc) I’m HOPING I do but Im in the engineering field and I DO know that on my paystubs each period it shows me my “accumulated vacation time” I have to date and the amount of hours I earned that pay period…. if I happened to take a day off during that week then the hours is slightly less….

ie: lets say it accumulated at about 4 hours per pay (I get 2 weeks a year….so 80 hours/26 pay periods= 4 hours per period). If I used a sick day or took time off for…whatever…. on the next stub I’ll see my vacation earned as like… 3.71 or something like that instead of 4, so it makes me think I have to be actively working to earn it! The rules may be diff for mat leave though…so maybe I do get it. Either way its on my to-do list of things to sort out in the next 2 months.

julies1949:  ok so lemmie see if I got this… I think I fall into the category of not earning anything while Im off (when your not actually working). Even though Im not entitled to earn any extra vacation…when I return to work I should have the standard 2 weeks time off/or pay ready to use? …while at the same time as soon as I start again am also entitled to my new (for that current year) vacation time off? well…earning it as I go as usual (so basically the year I go back would be 4 weeks vacation I can take instead of just 2)

hmmmm this is making me think…. if they legally owe me 2 weeks no matter what then how come they dock my vacay hours if I currently take a day or a few hours off? (like… especially right now with all my doctors appts Im taking more time off then I have sick days so Im free to take days off or hours without pay)

Post # 8
1436 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ontario ESA is different. You earn the right to take the time off, as you continue to accumulate towards the stat minimum of 2 weeks, however vacation PAY is 4% of your salary and so 4% of 0 is 0. So yes, you continue to earn vacation time, but not vacation pay while you are on maternity leave. 

For example, I get three weeks vacation, I was entitled to take three weeks off, but my employer is only obligated to pay me for 1, as I will be gone for 8 months in 2014. Next year I will get 2 out of my 3 weeks paid if I wanted to take all three. 

Post # 9
4138 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013


Post # 10
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I live in Quebec but work in Ontario for a crown corp and I earned my full 3 weeks of paid vacation. This time I’ll earn four weeks since I’m in a higher role. I used to work for a private company in Ontario and my colleagues there also accrued their entire yearly paid vacation time while on mat leave. Based on PPs, I guess it depends on the company and your contract.

Post # 11
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • My work just changed this a few years ago. you used to accrue paid vac while you wre on mat leave and most would use it to tack onto their mat leave. NOW they allow it to accrue, but when you take it, its unpaid leave time.
Post # 12
42 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think it depends on your employer. When I begin maternity leave, I will have 6 days of vacation left over from this year, which carries over to next. While I’m away, I will continue to bank 1.7 days per month so that when my nine months of leave is up, I’ll have a bunch of days I can use. 

Post # 14
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it also depends on the province you’re in, I’m in Quebec and I only accumulate paid vacation time during the “maternity” portion of the mat leave, durring the “parental” I get nothing.

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