Service requirement for extra parental leave

Offering unpaid extra leave for employees with a minimum length of service
By Brian Kenny
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/25/2012

Question: Our company offers extra unpaid parental leave of up to 18 months. However, we require employees to have completed a specific number of consecutive months of employment before they are eligible. Are there any liabilities with this requirement?

Answer: Parental leave is governed by the provinces and, for federal employees, the Canada Labour Code and essentially provides the right to take unpaid time off of work to care for a new child. Each provincial statute has its own separate requirement in terms of the length of time the employee must be employed in order to be eligible for parental leave.

Some provinces have no minimum requirement in terms of the length of time the employee must work in order to be entitled to parental leave: