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Maternity and Parental Leaves

CAUT Policy Statement

Employers should provide full salary and benefits to members granted maternity and/or parental leave for each child for at least 52 weeks per member, less any amount of benefit a member receives from provincial or federal governments. Each parent has the right to these leaves when both are members of the bargaining unit. Members have the option of an unpaid parental leave of up to one (1) additional year.

During the leave, salary, pension, benefits, and all seniority rights and accumulations should continue uninterrupted.

Members returning from maternity or parental leave should be provided with the option of a reduced workload and a graduated return to a full workload.

Members on maternity or parental leave should have an extension of two (2) years for application for reappointment, tenure/permanence and promotion.

Maternity or parental leave should not be taken concurrently with any other leave.

Employers should ensure that pregnant members are not required to work in an environment which may be hazardous to the member and/or the embryo and fetus.

Upon return to work the member should resume his/her position as before, with all salary increments increases and benefits.

For Contract Academic Staff all provisions of these leaves should apply on a pro-rated basis.

Approved by the CAUT Council, November 2015.