7. The maximum number of weeks of maternity benefits is 18 or, in the case of an election pursuant to section 18, 15.
The payment of maternity benefits shall begin not earlier than the sixteenth week preceding the expected date of delivery and end not later than 18 weeks after the week of delivery. However, the payment may end after the expiry of the 18 weeks, but before the end of the benefit period, if the child is hospitalized and if, following a request, the weeks of benefits are suspended during the child’s hospitalization.
The Conseil de gestion may, by regulation, determine other cases in which, following a request, payment may end after the expiry of the period prescribed in the second paragraph. The regulation shall determine how many weeks of benefits are suspended in each case.
2001, c. 9, s. 7; 2005, c. 13, s. 5.