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    Your Maternity Leave and Parental Leave checklist

    Your Maternity Leave and Parental Leave checklist

    It might seem a while away, but ahead of the arrival of the new addition to your family, it’s a good idea to begin preparations towards your leave and to find out what you are entitled to. Here’s a checklist to help.

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    BEFORE YOUR LEAVE

    • Tell your boss your big news. Find out if there’s anyone else you need to inform at work.
    • If you will require specific Workplace Accommodation, make sure to discuss your needs with your Human Resources representative.
    • Review your company’s Maternity and Parental Leave Policies to determine your entitlements during your time off; reach out to your Human Resources representative if you have any questions.
    • Review the Government of Canada website to determine your eligibility for Employment Insurance benefits during your time off.
    • Think about how long to take off before baby arrives. Contact your Human Resources representative, and complete any required forms, a minimum of 4 weeks before your intended leave.
    • Ensure a proper handover with your Manager before your last day at work.
    • Apply for Employment Insurance (if eligible) as soon as possible after you stop working.
    • Now you’ve got that admin out of the way, you can reward yourself with a fun task—baby names?! See our checklist for ideas. 

     

    DURING YOUR LEAVE

    • Notify your Human Resources representative immediately, if your child arrives earlier than the expected delivery date you originally indicated.
    • Contact your Human Resources representative to include your child as a dependent on your benefits plan.
    • Notify your Human Resources representative if your personal contact details change during your leave.
    • Notify your Human Resources representative if you would like to make any changes to your leave dates.
    • Contact your Manager and Human Resources representative at least four weeks before your scheduled leave ends to discuss your return to work plans.
    • Research and finalize on childcare options ahead of your post-return to work.

     

    AFTER YOUR LEAVE

    • While you prepare yourself to return to work, be gentle on yourself.
    • If required, discuss an onboarding / return plan with your Manager.
    • Keep the lines of communication with your Human Resources representative and Manager open, to discuss any changing needs you may have.

     

    USEFUL LINK:

    Government of Canada: EI Maternity & Parental Benefits: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-maternity-parental.html

     
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