NLMA Parental Leave Allowance
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Overview

  • The NLMA Parental Leave Allowance is effective October 1, 2015 and is provided through funding from the Clinical Stabilization Fund.
  • The allowance provides partial income replacement for a physician parent who takes a temporary leave (of not more than 365 days) from practice for the birth/adoption of a child.
  • The allowance covers Newfoundland and Labrador physicians regardless of their payment modality, unless parental benefits are available from another source.
  • The allowance for parental leave shall begin no earlier than the date of birth of the child or date of adoption, and can be taken at any time during the first year. Exemptions may be made if the mother is required for health reasons to stop working prior to the birth.
  • Eligible physicians can receive the allowance for a total of 17 weeks and these weeks must be consecutive.
  • In the event of a still birth or death soon after birth, in which the gestation was 20 weeks or more, an allowance of up to one month is available to qualifying physician parents.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the allowance, a physician parent must:

  • Reside in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Maintain College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL) licensure in good standing (Full or Provisional categories);
  • Have practiced in Newfoundland and Labrador for the 12 months preceding the birth/placement date;
  • Maintain NLMA membership in good standing in a practicing category while on leave (student, resident, and retired membership categories are ineligible); and,
  • Return to work in Newfoundland and Labrador within 365 days of the start of leave.
  • Submit an Application Form eight weeks before the expected birth or adoption date. (Birth or adoption dates from October 2015 to February 2016 are exempt from this condition.)

Benefits

Fee-for-Service Physicians

  • The allowance provides $1,200 per week for 17 consecutive weeks to eligible fee-for-service (FFS) physician parents.
  • FFS physician parents may bill up to $1,500 per week while receiving the parental leave allowance.
  • For the purposes of this allowance, members of Medical Practice Associates (MPA) are considered salaried (not FFS, see below) and therefore ineligible for the $1,500 per week exemption.

Salaried Physicians

  • The allowance provides a “top-up” to salaried physician parents in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) parental leave benefits, to a combined maximum amount of $1,200 per week.
  • Salaried physician parents are expected to apply for EI benefits in addition to applying for the NLMA Parental Leave Allowance and it is assumed they will be approved for the maximum amount. Evidence will be required if EI benefits are not approved, or are approved for less than the maximum amount.
  • For the purposes of this allowance, members of Medical Practice Associates (MPA) are considered salaried and therefore eligible for EI benefits though their academic work.

Alternative Payment Plans

  • The allowance provides $1,200 per week for 17 consecutive weeks to eligible alternative payment plan (APP) physician parents.
  • APP physician parents can earn up to $1,500 per week while receiving the parental leave allowance.
  • For the purposes of this allowance, members of Medical Practice Associates (MPA) are considered salaried (not APP, see above) and therefore ineligible for the $1,500 per week exemption.

Restrictions

  • Physician parents, regardless of payment modality, must report income earned from another sources while on leave. The NLMA Parental Leave Allowance will be reduced dollar-for-dollar for other income earned during the period in excess of allowed earnings as per above.
  • If both parents are physicians they may share the allowance and, in such cases, the total combined payment shall not exceed 17 weeks.

Payments

  • A physician parent is eligible to receive the benefit for the full week following the date of birth or adoption. No proration is made in the first or final week.
  • The parental leave allowance may be payable eight weeks prior to the birth if the mother is required for health reasons to stop working. The allowance will still be limited to a total of 17 weeks. A medical certificate indicating medical necessity to stop working will be required.
  • Payments will be made bi-weekly pending submission of the Report Form (unless you use the special version for EI recipients where you only report once but payments are still bi-weekly). Failure to submit may result in a disruption of benefits.
  • Payments will be made by direct deposit only using a Direct Deposit Application Form.
  • The parental leave allowance is taxable and the physician parent will be issued a T4A in the physician’s name.
  • The final payment is held pending verification of remaining eligibility requirements.

Termination/Repayment of Benefits

  • Relocation from Newfoundland and Labrador while in receipt of the allowance will automatically terminate parental leave payments.
  • Full or partial repayment of benefits may be required should any of the above allowance conditions not be met. This includes inaccurately reporting income from third-parties, such as the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Care Plan (MCP), during the benefit period. Failure to repay benefits within 30 days will affect your good-standing with the NLMA.

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Assistance For assistance, please contact J. David Mitchell, Director, Administration & Membership at (709) 726-7424 (301), (800) 563-2003 (301) or dmitchell@nlma.nl.ca.

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