Previously published in Examiner
Part 3 of the Paternity Leave Series
The Canadian code allows 17 weeks of paid maternity leave and up to 24 weeks of unpaid maternity leave after that. By 1991, the provincial laws were amended and became more generous. Male employees could receive unemployment benefits for paternity leave. Each province will decide the amount of maternity and paternity leave. It is very complicated and everyone must be aware of the provincial law in force. This is extremely important for families who have recently moved from one province to another. For example, Ontario provincial law divvies out 18 weeks of leave for both parents working for the same company. On the other hand Quebec gives up to 34 weeks of leave that is shared between couples working for the same company. There is no qualification period in Quebec, but Manitoba workers must have been employed by the company for at least 13 weeks
All provinces guarantee that when the employee returns he or she must come back to the same job, or a comparable job at the same salary. That means if the employee was a supervisor in let’s say the claims department of an insurance company he or she may not return to that position, but may be a supervisor with the same pay in let’s say the accounting department. Similarly a senior clerk can return to a senior clerk position anywhere in the company, but cannot be demoted to an intermediate clerk, or an intermediate clerk cannot return to a entry level clerical position and so on.
In the USA, it has long been established that women in the workforce are entitled to maternity leave. The time for delivering and staying with the baby afterward is established by law and over and above that minimum time allotted, certain companies give additional time as part of their employee benefits package. However, the needs of the father to take time out to help his wife and care for their newborn are a fairly recent occurrence. The Family and Medical Act of 1993 established the guidelines for paternal leave in the United States.
Montreal men’s rights groups
Men`s Legal Defense Fund
4652 Sherbrooke West #3 Montreal H3Z 1G3
Tel: (514) 846-5733
Groupe d’entraide aux pères et soutien à l’enfant (GEPSE) inc.
4272 Papineau, bureau 101
Montréal, Québec H2H 1S9
Tél. 514 527-3166 Email Fax. 514 527-2667
Father’s right group since 1983.m