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Marriage, Maternity and Parental Leave

Marriage

 

One (1) paid working day off is allowed for the marriage of the employee or one of his children.

An employee may take one (1) day leave of absence for the marriage of a parent, brother, sister or child of joint sound.

Maternity Leave Admissibility

According to labour law pregnant mothers are provided six weeks of prenatal leave and 8 weeks of postnatal leave, for a total of 14 weeks of maternity leave.  Fathers are entitled to 15 days of paternity leave.

All employees, men and women, qualify for the parental leave program.  This program grants the employee to use accrued vacation time or leave without pay for a reasonable, prearranged time period in case of adoption or other non-medical-related family affairs.  Since this form of absence cannot be justified on medical-related grounds, no accrued medical-related sick leave credits can be used.

 

Notice:

a)    The employee must provide in writing to the company, at least three weeks in advance the date of the beginning of her maternity leave and the date envisaged of her return to work. A medical certificate attesting of the date envisaged of the birth must accompany the notice.

b      The notice can be less than 3 weeks if the medical certificate attests need for the employee to cease working within a less time. If physical dangers are possible, the employee will be assigned to other tasks while preserving the rights and preferences connected to her regular position.

 

Complications:

If the employee or the child suffers from complications preventing the return to work at the end of the maternity leave, the employee will have to forward a medical certificate to the company. The employee will be entitled to a prolongation of her maternity leave, which can reach a 52-week maximum including the parental leave.

 

Return to work:

a)    The employee must provide in writing to management the expected date of her return to work and this, three (3) weeks before returning from his maternity leave or parental.

b)    The employee who does not present himself to work five (5) days after the expiration of his maternity leave or parental leave may be known to have resigned.

c)    The direction can require of the employee who returns to work two (2) weeks after her childbirth, the production of a medical certificate attesting of its sufficient re-establishment to resume work.

d)    At the end of its maternity leave, or parental leave not exceeding 12 weeks, the employee will be reinstalled in her regular function and it will be entitled to all the advantages of which it would have profited if she had remained with work.

e)    If the regular job of the employee does not exist anymore on her return, the direction will recognize all the rights and preferences that she would have profited at the time from disappearance of her job if she had then been with work.

Miscarriage:

 

a)    In the event of miscarriage, the employee as soon as possible must deliver to the direction a notice accompanied by a medical certificate attesting of the miscarriage or the urgency.

b)    When a danger of miscarriage requires a stop of work, the employee is entitled to a special maternity leave of the duration prescribed by the medical certificate, which attests existing danger.

c)    When occurs a miscarriage before the beginning of the twentieth (20th) week preceding the date envisaged of the childbirth, the employee is entitled to a medical leave.

d)    If an employee is confined of a child dead-born after the twentieth (20th) week preceding the date envisaged of the birth, she is entitled to the maternity leave of eighteen (18) weeks.

 

Special maternity leave:

When there is a danger of miscarriage, or a danger to the health of the mother or of the child to come caused by pregnancy and requiring a stop of work, the employee is entitled to a special maternity leave of the duration prescribed by the medical certificate which attests existing danger and which indicates the date envisaged of the childbirth.

 

Preventive withdrawal:

When there is a danger of miscarriage, or a danger to the health of the mother or the child to come caused by the working conditions, the employee must ask to be assigned to tasks not involving such dangers. If the direction cannot offer other tasks, the employee can then make the request for a preventive withdrawal. The maternity leave will then begin at the date envisaged from the childbirth.

 

Birth of a child or adoption

 

Two (2) paid working days off during the birth of the employee’s child or of the adoption of a child (leave of paternity) other than those of joint sound. Moreover, the employee can prevail himself of a leave without balance of three (3) days. This leave can be split but must be taken in the 15 following days of the arrival of the child at the house.