This section provides background information on leaves of absence (LOAs)
and the OPSEU Pension Plan, including the pension options that may be available
to members and the role of the employer in LOA-related pension transactions. It
also describes the procedures and forms employers must use for transactions
related to a memberís LOA.
Please review the information on the different types of LOA to determine whether
a memberís leave has any pension implications. Where the LOA may have an impact
on the membersí pension, we have provided additional information on the memberís
options and the procedures that must be followed.
Before a member starts any unpaid leave of absence of more than one
month, the employer must complete OPTrustís Option to Make Pension Contributions
While on Leave of Absence without Pay(OPTrust 1025) form, together
with the employee. This form is used to indicate whether the member wants to
continue making pension contributions during the leave. The completed form
should be submitted to OPTrust, whether the employee decides to contribute
during the leave or not.
Completing the Option to Make Pension Contributions form is particularly
important for pregnancy, parental or adoption leaves. Under the Employment
Standards Act, members and employers are required to make contributions during
the leaves, unless the member elects in writing not to make contributions to the