This directive describes the Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB) Plan for pregnant employees. It covers the SEB plan's purpose, eligibility for the plan, and payment dates and amounts under the plan.
Purpose and eligibility
If an employee is temporarily absent from work due to pregnancy, the SEB plan will supplement the Employment Insurance benefits received during the portion of the absence period that is covered by a medical certificate.
To be eligible, employees must apply and be receiving Employment Insurance benefits. Employees will be required to provide proof that they are receiving Employment Insurance benefits.
Payment dates and amounts
The SEB plan will be paid for a maximum of seventeen (17) weeks, including the 1-week Employment Insurance waiting period. It will start no earlier than twelve (12) weeks before the estimated date of delivery and no later than the date of delivery.
The combined SEB plan payment and Employment Insurance benefits will not exceed:
- 95 percent of an employee's bi-weekly salary during the period in which sick leave would have been payable at 100 percent
- 70 percent of an employee's bi-weekly salary during the period in which sick leave would have been payable at 70 percent