Last Update: September 2023
If you have a question, concern, need clarification, want to double-check, or wish to run a scenario by the Bluewater Occasional Teacher Local, please contact our local president.
Regular Employment Insurance
Occasional teachers may be paid regular benefits during non-teaching periods: typically summer 2-months July/August break, 2-week December/January break and 1-week March break.
This page on Service Canada can provide you with more information. Note: there are no longer any codes needed.
ETFO has also published a Member's Guide to EI for support which can be found when logged in to the ETFO Secure portal: https://members.etfo.ca/resources/member-advice/member-advice
Your Record of Employment (ROE) is automatically issued electronically to Service Canada from the BWDSB after your last pay stub is received in the summer. If you require a record of employment to be issued at another time during the school year, you need to request it from [email protected] and include your employee ID.
For bi-weekly reporting purposes, a day of teaching shall be recognized as eight (8) hours and a 1.0 day of work is $253.00 (Sept 1. 2021 Daily OT rate plus vacation and statutory holiday pay) of earnings before deductions.
Qualifying hours are based on where you live, which can be looked up by Postal Code.
Pregnancy / Parental Leave & Employment Insurance
This Bluewater OT Pregnancy / Parental Checklist will help you prepare for your leave.
ETFO has published a Member's Guide to Pregnancy and Parental Leave which can be found when logged in to the ETFO Secure portal: https://members.etfo.ca/resources/member-advice/member-advice
The booklet sets out a general guide to member rights and responsibilities under the Employment Standards Act, the Employment Insurance Act, and a reference to checking your Local Collective Agreement (clauses listed below).
Will the school board top up my Pregnancy/Parental EI benefits? The ETFO Memorandum of Understanding negotiated with the provincial government outlined changes to employee top-ups or Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB). Eligible employees include teachers in long-term occasional assignments with the length of benefit limited by the term of the assignment and commencing with the birth of the child. Teachers on daily occasional assignments are not entitled to the benefit. Boards will provide a top-up benefit at 100% of your LTO salary for a total of eight weeks.
For BWDSB Human Resource contact information, please touch base with the Local President.
2019-2022 Bluewater Occasional Teacher Local Collective Agreement Clauses pertaining to Pregnancy and Parental Leaves:
14.03 Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption Leave
Letter of Agreement: Re Employer Insurance