ARTICLE 57 - Pregnancy/Parental and Adoption Leave for Sessional Members

57:01          (a)       A sessional lecturer shall be entitled to take one (1) unpaid semester as  parental leave without loss of membership in the bargaining unit. The member shall be entitled at her/his sole expense to participate in any or all of the University's fringe benefit Plans (including the University Retirement Plan) for members from time to time in force if and so long as such plans permit.

(b)       In addition, if a sessional lecturer who is pregnant expects to deliver during the semester in which she is teaching, she shall be entitled to a paid pregnancy leave for seventeen (17) weeks with full salary and all other rights, privileges and benefits.  The said entitlement shall only be applicable during the fall and winter terms in which the member is pregnant and any unused portion of the paid entitlement may not be carried over to the next academic year.  The University agrees that it will not discriminate against any sessional lecturer who elects to exercise this option.

57:02          (a)       Upon reasonable notice the University shall grant a leave of absence to a sessional lecturer of up to four (4) weeks with full salary and all other rights, privileges and benefits upon the adoption of a child. The said entitlement shall only be applicable during the terms in which the member is employed and any unused portion of the paid entitlement may not be carried over to the next academic year.

(b)       Upon reasonable notice a sessional lecturer/sessional lecturer in Visual Arts/sessional lecturer in Nursing shall be granted an additional fifteen (15) weeks leave without pay but with all other rights, privileges and benefits upon the adoption of a child.

57:03           The University shall grant a parental leave of up to seven (7) consecutive days.  Such leave shall be granted upon the request of a member upon the birth of a child, with full salary and all other benefits and privileges.

57:04           The provisions of this Article shall not preclude the making of alternative arrangements acceptable to the member and the Dean, after consultation with the Head.  The Dean shall give particulars of such arrangements to the Association.

57:05           A sessional instructor who is pregnant, and who has been employed as a sessional instructor for at least one (1) semester in the academic year prior to her expected day of delivery, shall be entitled to take one (1) unpaid semester off teaching as pregnancy leave without loss of membership in the bargaining unit.  In addition, if such member expects to deliver during the semester in which she is teaching, she shall be entitled to a pregnancy leave of five (5) weeks with full salary and all other rights, privileges and benefits, such leave to be taken within the six (6) weeks prior to, or following her expected date of delivery.  However, a sessional instructor who is employed in a full-time capacity outside the bargaining unit shall be entitled to paid pregnancy leave with full salary for a period of two (2) weeks.  The University agrees that it will not discriminate against any sessional instructor who elects to exercise this option.

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