Parental Rights

Parental rights can be separated into two categories
– parental leaves for the birth of the adoption of a child (clause 5-6.00)
– leaves to take care of a close family member (clauses 5-9.06 and 5-9.07).

The FNEEQ’s parental rights guide (en français) was prepared to facilitate understanding of Article 5-6.00 of the 2015-2020 Collective Agreement dealing with parental rights and of the clauses pertaining to family leave (5-9.06 and 5-9.07). However, in no way shall it take precedence over that collective agreement.

The guide is divided into five sections:

  • maternity leave, including pregnancy accomodations
  • paternity leave
  • adoption leave
  • extensions to maternity, paternity or adoption leave
  • and other parental and family leaves

Also included in appendix are a checklist for pregnancy and maternity leave periods, the list of recognized employers for the purposes of calculating 20 weeks of service, and various sample letters to simplify the process of applying for the different leaves or any extension thereof. For further details, refer directly to the collective agreement, the official text enshrining your rights.

This guide is intended solely for those living in Quebec who are eligible for the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) . It does not address the federal government’s Employment Insurance program.

It should be noted that, throughout this guide, unless otherwise indicated, hourly-paid teachers in Continuing Education are considered as non-permanent teachers.

Finally, this guide describes typical cases. For additional information and to ensure that your rights are being respected, it is always recommended that you contact the DTU.