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Maternity/Paternity/Parental Leave

Salary Employees - Maternity, Paternity, and Parental Leave

Salaried physicians are entitled to unpaid leave from the Health PEI during
the birth or adoption of a child. During leave, they may apply for Employment
Insurance (EI). Additionally, after they have applied for EI they may also apply for the MSPEI Parental Leave Program. EI will be deducted from the MSPEI benefit.

MATERNITY LEAVE

Up to 17 consecutive weeks of unpaid leave is offered to a physician who is
pregnant and intends to take leave during and following the birth of their
child. The mother is entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) during that leave. Full-time physicians will receive one paid week of leave during the Employment Insurance waiting period.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Employed with Health PEI for 20 weeks or more
  • Submits application for leave four weeks prior to leave
  • Provides certificate from medical practitioner certifying pregnancy and estimate date of birth

PARENTAL LEAVE

Physicians who have recently become a parent (through birth or adoption) are granted  up to 62 consecutive weeks of unpaid leave and is eligible for Employment
Insurance (EI). Full-time physicians will receive one paid week of leave during the Employment Insurance waiting period.
Note if both parents are salaried physicians, the leave must not exceed 78 weeks.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Employed with Health PEI for 20 or more weeks
  • Meets one of the following criteria:
    • Becomes a natural mother/father
    • Adopts a child
    • Obtains legal guardianship of a child
  • Submits an application for Parental Leave at least four weeks before planned leave.

RESOURCE DOCUMENT

MASTER AGREEMENT: Article B10, page 26