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Parental Leave Policy Alberta

Employment standards laws of all jurisdictions allow employees to take unpaid parental leave. But because rules vary, it’s important to implement a parental leave policy that reflects the laws of your province. Here’s a template policy based on parental leave rules in Alberta.


ABC Company will grant unpaid parental leave to an employee as follows:

(a) Employees entitled to maternity leave under the Alberta Employment Standards Code (ESC) (other than a pregnant employee whose pregnancy ends other than as a result of a live birth within 16 weeks of the estimated due date) will be granted parental leave for a period of no more than 62 consecutive weeks immediately following the last day of maternity leave;

(b) A parent who has been employed by ABC for at least 90 days will be granted parental leave for a period of no more than 62 consecutive weeks within 78 weeks after the child’s birth;

(c) An adoptive parent who has been employed by ABC Co...

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