Parental leave

When an employee leaves for maternity, paternity, or adoption leave, you should follow the steps under What should you do if an employee has an interruption of earnings?

If you decide to pay your employee an amount to cover the employment insurance (EI) benefit waiting period or in addition to the amount of EI benefits they receive, also called top-up amounts, consult the Special payments chart to see if you have to withhold CPP contributions, EI premiums and income tax. You will also have to include these top-up amounts on the employee's T4 slip as employment income at year-end.

CPP contributions

You have to deduct CPP contributions from the top-up amounts unless they are paid under a Supplementary unemployment benefit plan (SUBP) that qualifies as a SUBP under the Income Tax Act.

EI premiums

You have to deduct EI premiums from the top-up amounts unless the following two conditions are met:

You also may not have to deduct EI premiums if you pay the top-up amounts under a SUBP under the certain conditions.

Income tax

You have to deduct income tax from the top-up amounts unless they are paid under a SUBP that qualifies as a SUBP under the Income Tax Act, even if the plan is registered with Service Canada.

Reporting

Include in box 14 of the employee's T4 slip all top-up amounts paid under a SUBP, such as employer-paid maternity, parental, and compassionate care top-up amounts, whether they are registered with Service Canada or not.

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