Your rights to access leave time are found in the 2013-19 Provincial and Local Agreement (with restored language): Section G - Leaves of Absence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Statutory leaves agreement
The GVTA and the District have signed an agreement in relation to teachers applying for temporary positions who will be or are already on a statutory leave (such as pregnancy or parental leave). Applying for Temporary Positions While on Maternity Leave
Employment Standards Act
THE GVTA STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT YOU TAKE YOUR MATERNITY/PARENTAL LEAVE USING THE 'EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT' CLAUSE OF THE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT so that you can determine your leave end date.
The Employment Standards clause is superior because: a) it allows you to choose your end date within a one year time frame, and b) it is a short-term leave and you must be reassigned to your same position whenever possible.
We recommend you use one of our sample letters: Maternity Only, Parental Only, Maternity and Parental, to apply for your leave and you ensure that the leave granted (via the letter you receive from Human Resources) acknowledges that a) you have applied under the ESA clause, and b) that you have been granted a short-term leave.