Returning to Work (or Not) Following Maternity, Parental & Pre-placement Adoption Leave for B.C. Government Employees

Inform your supervisor that you intend to return to work at least one month before the end of your leave, preferably in writing.

Choosing Not to Return to Work

If you don't return to work for the time period stated in your Collective Agreement or Terms & Conditions of Employment, the start date of your leave will be deemed your date of resignation. You'll be responsible for repaying benefit premiums (both employee and employer portions), applicable flexible benefits credits and any allowances you received on a pro-rated basis.

If you return to work at a later date, you'll still be responsible for repaying benefit premiums and allowances as above.

Regular Crown Counsel is only required to return to work for six months following a full maternity and parental leave. If you don't return for six months, you're required to pay back all benefit premiums and allowances received in full.

Group life insurance and long term disability (LTD) coverage are mandatory. You can't opt out of coverage. Your employer pays the premiums on your behalf throughout the leave, even if you chose to waive and extended health and dental coverage. If you don't return to work, you'll be responsible for repaying these premiums to the employer.