112.4 Maternity, Parental and Adoption Leave
12.4.1 In the case of a pregnancy, the employee shall give the University three (3) months notice in writing of the date she intends to commence her leave and a medical certificate indicating the expected date of delivery.
12.4.2 In the case of an adoption, the employee shall inform the University both when applying for and upon being approved for an adoption and shall keep the University informed of the expected date of adoption, as provided by the agency handling the adoption.
12.4.3 Parental leave shall cease if an employee resigns during the period of the leave.
12.4.4 An employee is expected to return to the University upon completion of his/her parental leave for a period of at least twice the amount of the parental leave granted.
12.4.5 If an employee resigns before the time requirement of Article 12.4.4 is met, the employee shall refund, on a pro rata basis, the assistance provided.
12.4.6 An employee not exercising any other entitlement under Article 12.4 shall be granted a three (3) day leave with pay on, or immediately prior to, or after the date of birth or adoption of his/her child.
Upon written request, an employee shall be entitled to a leave of absence without pay of up to twelve (12) consecutive months in addition to statutory requirements.
12.4.8 Commencement of Leave
Leave taken under this provision shall commence:
184.108.40.206 for the birth mother, immediately after the end of the leave taken under the pregnancy leave provisions unless the University and the employee agree otherwise.
220.127.116.11 for a birth father, after the child's birth and within fifty-two (52) weeks of the birth.
18.104.22.168 for an adopting parent, within fifty-two (52) weeks after the child is placed with the parent.
12.4.9 Benefits Continuation
22.214.171.124 The University will maintain coverage for medical, extended health, dental, group life and long term disability benefits for leaves taken under this clause and will pay the University’s portion of premiums.
126.96.36.199 An employee who returns to work following a parental leave shall retain the seniority the employee had attained prior to the leave and shall accrue seniority for the period of leave.
188.8.131.52 An employee who returns to work following a parental leave, shall be placed in the position the employee held prior to the leave or in a comparable position.
184.108.40.206 An employee who has taken leave under this provision is entitled to all increases in wages and benefits the employee would have been entitled to had the leave not been taken.
220.127.116.11 Where the proposed commencement of the leave or return to work does not coincide with the instructional calendar the local Parties will negotiate mutually acceptable dates.
12.4.10 Supplemental Employment Benefit for Maternity and Parental Leave
18.104.22.168 When on maternity or parental leave, an employee will receive a supplemental payment added to Employment Insurance benefits as follows:
(a) For the first two (2) weeks of maternity leave an employee shall receive on hundred percent (100%) of her salary calculated on her average base salary.
(b) For a maximum of fifteen (15) additional weeks of maternity leave the employee shall receive an amount equal to the difference between the Employment Insurance benefits and ninety-five percent (95%) of her salary calculated on her average base salary.
(c) For up to a maximum of thirty-five (35) weeks of parental leave, the biological mother shall receive an amount equal to the difference between the Employment Insurance benefits and eighty-five percent (85%) of the employee’s salary calculated on her average base salary.
(d) For up to a maximum of thirty-seven (37) weeks of parental leave, the biological father or adoptive parent shall receive an amount equal to the difference between the Employment Insurance benefits and eighty-five (85%) of the employee’s salary calculated on his/her average base salary.
(e) The average base salary for the purpose of Article 22.214.171.124(a) through (d) is the employee’s average base salary for the twenty-six (26) weeks preceding the maternity or parental leave. If the employee has been on unpaid leave for part of the preceding twenty-six (26) weeks, then up to four (4) weeks of that unpaid leave will be subtracted from the twenty‑six (26) weeks for the purpose of calculating the average base salary.
126.96.36.199 An employee is not entitled to receive Supplemental Employment Benefits and disability benefits concurrently. To receive Supplemental Employment Benefits the employee shall provide the University with proof of application for and receipt of Employment Insurance benefits.
188.8.131.52 If an employee is disentitled or disqualified from Employment Insurance maternity or parental benefits, the employee shall receive the supplemental payment to the appropriate percentage less the amount of Employment Insurance benefits the employee would have received if qualified for Employment Insurance benefits.
212.6.2 Union Leave
Meetings between representatives of the Faculty Association and the University will be scheduled at times mutually agreeable to the Parties. Reasonable effort shall be made to hold such meetings at times that do not conflict with assigned duties.
Where such meetings cannot be scheduled at times that do not conflict with assigned duties, the University will grant a leave of absence without loss of pay or other entitlements for the purpose of attending such meetings to the total equivalent of one-quarter full-time equivalent per annum.
Where such leave is granted, the University will replace the employee as necessary.
This clause may be utilized by the Faculty Association to ensure adequate representation by the Faculty Association with respect to issues that affect the institution or the post-secondary system. To facilitate the administration of this provision, the Faculty Association will ensure that the University is advised of the eligible leaves to be taken.
The Faculty Association may designate a person(s) who will be entitled to union leave under this article and will advise the University of the amount of the leave to be taken. The amount of the entitlement is one quarter of a full time equivalent per annum, without loss of pay or other entitlement.
Costs arising from this provision will not be charged against the program area of the participating union representative.
This provision will not be utilized where existing University-paid release time arrangements exceed this one-quarter full-time equivalent entitlement.
312.3.6 Political Leave
184.108.40.206 To enable an employee to contest a federal, provincial, municipal or other local election, the President may grant him/her a leave of absence without pay for up to 90 days. Such leaves shall not be unreasonably denied. Granting of such leave shall be subject to the following conditions:
220.127.116.11.1 The employee shall submit the request for leave at least two (2) weeks before the first day of the leave period.
18.104.22.168 An employee elected to a full-time political office shall be granted unpaid leave without pay for two consecutive terms of political office, which shall end on the day the incumbent vacates his/her office or is re-elected to a subsequent term.
22.214.171.124.1 An employee who chooses not to return at the end of the leave period shall lose any guarantee of reinstatement.
126.96.36.199 Short-term leaves of absence may be granted by the President to enable an employee to perform the duties of municipal or other local office, subject to the instructional needs of the University being met. These leaves would normally be for one-half or one whole day at a time.
188.8.131.52 For the purposes of staff benefits, contributions to the benefits schemes and salary increases, the employee is regarded as a continuing employee of the University (providing legislation so allows).
184.108.40.206.1 The Board shall pay its portion of employee benefits during the first two (2) weeks of leave.
220.127.116.11.2 When an employee has been granted leave longer than two (2) weeks, the employee shall be responsible for all contributions, including the Board’s share following the first two (2) weeks.
18.104.22.168 Employees in pursuit of a political office shall not carry out any political activities on University premises or with University equipment, nor shall other staff carry out political activities on University premises or with University equipment on their behalf or on the behalf of others.
412.3.3 Family Illness Leave
A member will be granted leave of absence for up to five (5) days per year without loss of pay or benefits for family illness. Additional family illness leave may be granted by the University.
512.3.4 Compassionate Care Leave
A member will be granted a compassionate care leave of absence without pay for up to eight (8) weeks to care for a gravely ill family member. In order to be eligible for this leave, the member must provide a medical certificate as proof that the ill family member needs care or support and is at risk of dying within twenty-six (26) weeks. A member who is granted a compassionate care leave of absence to care for a gravely ill family member shall be entitled to the benefits as follows:
(a) The member’s benefit coverage will continue for the duration of the compassionate care leave, to a maximum of eight (8) weeks, and the premium payment shall be on the same basis as if the member were not on leave.
(b) Where a member elects to buy back pensionable service for part or all of the duration of the compassionate care leave, to a maximum of eight (8) weeks, the University will pay the University’s portion of the pension contributions in accordance with the Pension Plan regulations.
(c) Compassionate care leave, up to a maximum of eight (8) weeks, shall be treated as continuous employment for the purposes of seniority accrual under this Agreement.
(d) A member who returns to work following a leave granted under this provision shall be placed in the position the member held prior to the leave or in a comparable position.
22.214.171.124.1 The Parties agree to review Article 126.96.36.199 in the event that Federal Government program for compassionate leave is revised.
612.3.2 Bereavement Leave
An employee will be entitled to five days leave with no loss of pay and benefits in the case of the death of a family member and upon notification to the University. The University may grant additional leave with pay.
712.6.1 Leave of Absence for University Committees
An employee whose assigned work schedule would prevent her/him from attending meetings of a university committee to which s/he has been elected or appointed, will be granted a leave of absence from her/his regular duties without loss of pay or other entitlements to attend such meeting(s).
Where such leave is granted, the University will replace the employee as necessary. Costs arising from this provision will not be charged against the program area of the participating employee.
812.3.1 General Leave
The University may grant a leave of absence with or without pay to an employee for any reason for up to twenty-four (24) consecutive months. Such leaves shall not be unreasonably denied. Where an application for general leave is denied, the applicant will be provided with a written explanation for the denial of the leave.
188.8.131.52 Applications for unpaid leave shall be made in writing and are subject to approval by the appropriate Vice-President.
184.108.40.206 For the purposes of benefits, contributions to benefit schemes, and salary increases, the employee is regarded as a continuing employee of the University (providing legislation so allows).
220.127.116.11 The employee is expected to return to the University upon completion of his/her leave for a period at least equal to that for which the leave was granted.
18.104.22.168 An employee on unpaid leave shall confirm in writing at least three (3) months prior to the expiration of the leave his/her agreement to resume his/her position upon the agreed date. Failure to comply shall constitute notice of resignation, and the Board may proceed to replace the employee.
22.214.171.124 When an employee believes that the activities he/she engaged in during unpaid leave would qualify for an increment, as stipulated in Article 11.5.3, he/she may apply to the President for an increment.
126.96.36.199 The Parties agree that unpaid leave will not be granted under Article 12.3.1 to any bargaining unit member leaving the University to take another position on a permanent basis.
912.6.3 Additional Union Leave Without Pay
The bargaining unit may purchase additional release time above that currently paid for by the University at replacement costs. Replacement cost is that for the individual who is carrying out the duties of the individual released. Such leaves will not be unreasonably withheld.
1012.3.4.2 Additional Leaves
Should a member require additional time to care for a gravely ill family member, additional leaves may be granted beyond the eight (8) week period specified in Article 188.8.131.52 above. Such additional leave shall be pursuant to Article 12.3.1 General Leave.