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Employers are not required to pay their employees while they are on maternity leave. However, some employers may choose to ‘top-up’ an employee’s salary during their leave. Employers, unless they’re bound by a collective agreement or contract, do not have to offer a ‘top-up’ plan. Through the Employment Insurance Act, eligible employees may be entitled to employment insurance (“EI”) benefits to cover their entire maternity leave period (including parental and/or pregnancy). Employees who are on maternity leave are also entitled to continue participation in certain benefit plans (i.e. pension plans, medical plans etc.). Employees who are on maternity leave also continue to earn credit for length of service/seniority in their position. If you have any questions about your pay and/or benefit entitlements while on maternity leave or are seeking legal advice in the event of a conflict, please contact Toronto employment lawyers, Sultan Lawyers at 416-214-5111 or via email to mlahert@sultanlawyers.com.