AV Collective Agreement Maternity Leave: What You Need to Know
If you work in the audiovisual industry in Canada, you may be covered by the AV Collective Agreement. This collective agreement sets out the terms and conditions of employment for unionized workers in the audiovisual sector, including provisions for maternity leave.
Maternity leave is a crucial benefit for new mothers, allowing them to take time off work to recover from childbirth and care for their newborn. The AV Collective Agreement provides for maternity leave in accordance with the Employment Standards Act and the Canada Labour Code.
Under the AV Collective Agreement, eligible employees are entitled to up to 17 weeks of maternity leave. To qualify for maternity leave, an employee must have worked for their employer for at least 13 weeks before the expected date of delivery and have provided their employer with written notice of their intention to take maternity leave at least four weeks before the leave commences.
During maternity leave, an employee is entitled to certain protections and benefits. For example, their employer must continue to make contributions to their health and welfare plan and pension plan. The employee is also entitled to continue their group life insurance coverage, and their employer must continue to provide them with any other benefits they would have received if they were not on leave.
In addition to maternity leave, the AV Collective Agreement also provides for parental leave. This is available to both parents and allows them to take time off work to care for their newborn or newly adopted child. Eligible employees are entitled to up to 37 weeks of parental leave, which can be taken by either parent or shared between them.
To qualify for parental leave, an employee must have worked for their employer for at least 13 weeks before the start of the leave and have provided written notice of their intention to take leave. During parental leave, similar protections and benefits apply as during maternity leave.
It`s important to note that while the AV Collective Agreement sets out basic provisions for maternity and parental leave, some employers may offer more generous benefits as part of their collective agreement or as an independent policy. Be sure to check with your employer to find out what benefits you are entitled to.
In summary, the AV Collective Agreement provides eligible employees in the audiovisual industry with important protections and benefits during maternity and parental leave. If you are planning to start a family while working in this industry, be sure to familiarize yourself with these provisions to ensure you receive the support you need.