Flexible parental leave could mean headaches for employers: Experts

But some say move from 12 to 18 months is needed
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/12/2016

A proposed change to parental leave in Canada could cause nightmares for human resources practitioners, warn experts.

The Liberal government is mulling a decision to extend parental leave from 12 to 18 months, allowing parents to work periodically during that time frame, if preferred. Employment insurance (EI) benefits would not rise, but would be spread over a longer time period.

As it stands, the federal government provides temporary financial assistance to employees and insured self-employed persons who are pregnant or caring for a newborn baby, as well as job protection status for the duration of the leave.