Does the time spent on any of the types of parental leave count towards the annual holiday calculation?

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Yes, the time spent on paternity, maternity, parental or adoptive parent leave, except for child care leave and unpaid leave agreed upon by the parties, is counted in addition to the time worked in the calculation of entitlement to annual holiday.

Thus, as in the pre-April system, no reduction in annual holiday calculation is made for paternity, maternity, child leave or adoptive parent leave. Only days spent on parental leave (also formerly child care leave) are not counted in the overall annual holiday calculation.

Although employment is considered to be suspended during maternity and paternity leave, it is established in subsection 68 (2) of the Employment Contracts Act that the corresponding period is included in the time serving as the basis for the right to grant annual holiday.

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