Post # 1
I know this is in TTC but its where my brain is right now. Usually in Canada women who have given birth get a year of maternity leave funded by EI (employment insurance). I am wondering how many of you get “topped up” by your employer?
Another question: do you work for a private company or government agency? Are you in a union?
I ask because I am considering at my next contract review to forgo my usual raise and ask for a mat leave top up as the max amount from EI is quite a bit lower than what I currently take home.
Post # 3
@AbBeeRoad: I work for a private company and recieve a 10% top up for the full 52 weeks of mat leave that we’re entitled to. That’s if I agree to come back and work for 6 months after mat leave. If I don’t agree, I don’t get the top up. IF I leave before the 6 month mark after returning from mat leave, I have to pay back the 10% top up.
I also recently worked for a gov’t department, covering a mat leave, and learned there that that department (maybe gov’t wide?) provided a top up (I believe) 85% for 17 weeks. After that, it was the straight up 55% of EI.
That’s an interesting approach that you are taking in forgoing the annual raise. I’ve never heard of anyone doing that. I’m not sure how the company would swing that though, if they aren’t already providing a top up, simply because they won’t be paying you the EI – the govt does.
Also- (and this is just me) – I’d be wary of telling my boss that I’m planning on TTC. I know they can’t hold it against you, etc, but you never know.
Post # 4
@anotherbee: Thanks for the different situations you have seen.
I am definitely not planning on telling them I am TTC, my contract isn’t up for a few months and I’m hoping by time it rolls around I will already be preggo. My SIL just had a baby and she works for a private company who tops her up to 80% for 16 weeks. She suggested I just talk to my bosses about it. It can’t hurt to ask, can it?
Post # 5
I work for a university in a union position, I get topped up to 95% of my pay. My husband works for the provincial government in a union position he gets topped up to 95% of his pay if I don’t take maternity leave. In both cases it would be for 1 year.
Edit: Out of interest, I was looking into my collective agreement, and if i got the year top up I would have to continue to work their for another year at the end of the leave.
Post # 6
@AbBeeRoad: if you’re already preggers, then no. BUt it’s my personal opinion not to let the cat out of the bag earlier than needed. You never know what could happen. Better safe than sorry!
@alexisatk: that is an excellent top up. I’m super jealous!
Post # 7
I won’t be taking maternity leave since I’m a student (my job is part time & irregular) but I believe DH gets an 80% top up from his company(Canadian National Rails). I’d have to check again.
Post # 8
I work for the feds and I believe we get a 90-95% or so top up for the full leave.
And just FYI, Maternity EI is 15 weeks that only the biological mother can take, and Parental is 35 which can be shared between parents. So that’s 50 weeks of EI payments + 2 weeks unpaid “waiting period” which some employers pay for.
Post # 9
I just want to say that as an american, I am extremely jealous of this thread! Very few companies here even offer paid maternity and its usually only a few months. Dads rarely get anything.
Post # 10
I work for a hospital, non union and get 84% top up for 17 weeks, then EI (55% with $501 max weekly) for the remainder of the 33 weeks. I can also use vacation time in combination with this leave and I continue to earn vacation the whole year I’m off so I’m planning on adding a week of current vacation before I start my leave, and I will come back to work with 4 weeks in my bank so I’m considering using a week or 2 at the end of my leave as well.
Post # 11
I work for municipal government (union) and we don’t get a top up. I swear when I got hired there was mention of a top up to 90% for the full year, but we must have lost that in one of our negotiations since I got hired.
My husband works for the federal goverment, and he could take the 35 weeks parental leave with a top up of 93%. (or the full year if he was the one having the baby). However, my government pay is about the same as his 93% with no overtime, so I’ll probably take the full year.