Pregnancy, Parental, or Adoption Leave
Requesting a Leave of Absence in District 10
Under Article 16 of the Collective Agreement between OSSTF
District 10 and the Lambton Kent District School Board, all
leave requests are to be made using the Request for a Leave of
Absence Form. This form (this is a Sample
form) is available in the main office of all LKDSB
schools, on the LKDSB Portal system (www.lkdsb.net), and by
diirectly contacting the Human Resources Department.
LKDSB contacts are:
Some additional items to consider when requesting the leave
- your leave can start seventeen (17) weeks prior to the
- under the Emploument Standards Act, the first day of the
leave must be on or before the expected due date
- you must give at least two weeks notice (most give more)
- if you want to change the first day of the leave, you must
give at least two weeks notice prior to that new first day
The other element of completing the Request for Leave of
Absence form is establishing your return to work date. Some
items to consider include:
- under the Employment Standards Act, you must give four (4)
weeks notice if you want to change your return to work date
- if you are a contract teacher, you should confirm with the
Board two (2) weeks prior to your return
- please remember that you are able to apply to job postings
while on your leave
If you are currently a contract teacher, you will need to make
a decision as to whether to maintain your OTIP Benefits or to
suspend them. Please contact OTIP Benefits Services at
1-866-783-6847 for individualized information and to discuss
your options. You will need your OTIP Plan Number and OTIP
Identification Number - both can be found on your OTIP
You will also need to make the same decision regarding access
to our contractual Employee and Family Assistance Plan. If
mainting your access to this service (current estimated cost is
$0.51/month), you should complete and submit an LKDSB
Benefit Action Request form to the Board.
Important: you should add the baby's name to your
benefits as soon as possible following birth or adoption as
there is a specific window of time to do so. To make a change
from single/family (or vice-cersa) this lifestyle change
needs to be done within 31 days.
Long Term Disability (LTD)
A decision you will need to make is whether to opt out of LTD
coverage for the duration of your leave or to maintain coverage.
A very good article has been produced by OTIP called Should
I Continue My Long Term Disability Coverage During My Leave of
Should you decide to maintain your LTD coverage:
- you will be responsible for 100% of the the cost
- 1.58% of your salary including RST tax (please see your pay
stub for details)
- you will have protection if injured or have health problems
while on leave
- you will need to make arrangments with the LKDSB to pay the
monthly premiums (see the LTD
payment form for details)
Should you decide to opt out of coverage for the duration of
- your decision to opt out must be approved by OSSTF District
10 (not the LKDSB)
- you will need to complete this
form - Human Resources will forward this information to
- please contact OSSTF Distict 10 to confirm your decision
Under WSIB/LTD, there needs to be agreement that you
are not collecting income from a different source at the same
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
There are also decisions to be made and steps to be taken
related to your pension.
- Contact Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (1-800-668-0105) or www.otpp.com-Member Sign-in
- all leave persiods are submitted by the Board directly to
- Log-in (or call) and check the My Buybacks tab after
OTPP has received notification from the Board; information
will be provided here when that has taken place
- be sure to reac The
Road to Buying Back your Credit
- when you have reached a decision about what is best for you,
make arrangements directly with OTPP for any payments to
buyback your credit
Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB)
Supplemental Employment Beneftis are outlined in Article C8
(central part) as well as Article L18 (local part) of the
- in the waiting period (1st week) SEB entitles you to
- you should consult with the Servive Canada website
for infomration on your claim that can be printed and
- Top-up - Remaining seven (7) weeks
- difference between EI and 100% salary
- Proof is your EI stub
- go to the Service Canada website and look under
the My Current Claim and My Payments
- print copies and send to the LKDSB Human Resources
Employment Insurance Application (EI)
The application for EI can be completed on-line. Keep the
following in mind:
- the application date is the date you start your leave
- You will need your SIN, current salary, bank transit number
and account number
- it usually takes about four (4) weeks to process
- Federal tax is deducted
Ontario College of Teachers
Please make sure you contact the Ontario College of Teachers in
January during your leave to arrange to pay your annual fees.
The Board does not pay this on your behalf if you are on a leave
Before the Arrival
- Determine when to start your leave. You may start your leave
up to 17 weeks prior to the due date; if baby arrives before
your date then that will become your start date.
- See your doctor or midwife. Obtain documentation that states
your due date.
- If adopting, see your adoption agency and get documentation
on when your child will be released into your care.
- Complete the Leave of Absence form, attaching the supporting
documentation, and submit to the board through your school
- Complete and return the paperwork that you receive back from
- Make arrangements with the board regarding your option to
cancel or continue your LTDI coverage payments for the
duration of your leave.
- Begin your application for EI Benefits. You can do this at www.servicecanada.gc.ca.
- Make a decision regarding the continuation of extended
health, dental, and life insurance benefits and make
arrangements with OTIP to continue or suspend benefits.
- Contact the OTPP (www.otpp.com
– Member Sign-in) to determine if/how/when you can “buy back”
your pension contributions for the duration of your leave.
After the Arrival
- Call the board HR Department to report your actual delivery
- Apply for EI Benefits within 4 weeks of the birth of your
- Add your child to your extended health and dental benefits
at www.otip.com within
31 days of their arrival.
- Submit the receipt from your first EI payment to the board’s
HR Department to receive your Supplemental Employment Benefit
(SEB). See Article L18.03 from the Collective Agreement for
information on “top up”.
- Arrange with the College of Teachers to pay your annual fee
during the time you are on leave (usually done in January).
- Make a decision about extending your leave beyond the
statutory period and request the leave (if taken). Note:
Extended Parental Leave (EPL) is unpaid and teaching
experience does not accumulate during EPL. See Article
L18.01.2 from the Collective Agreement for information on EPL.