5 Things to Think About When Requesting a Leave
For many licensees, the time may come when they decide they need to take a temporary leave from practicing real estate. The reasons may vary: a new baby, a personal health issue, a family member who requires care.
RECBC has policies that allow licensees to take a temporary break from licensing in these circumstances:
RECBC’s parental leave policy allows either parent to take a leave of up to 18 months that may begin up to 12 weeks prior to the expected date of birth and may be taken anytime up to 18 months following the birth or adoption of a child.
Compassionate Care Leave
Leaves of up to 28 weeks are available for licensees who must take time away from work to care for a gravely ill family member.
A medical leave of up to one year is available to licensees.
Here are 5 tips for licensees considering taking a leave:
- Read up – or ask us. Make sure you understand RECBC’s leave policies and the process for applying for leave. You can read about them in RECBC’s Education and Licensing Guidelines. If you have questions, contact our Education and Licensing Department at [email protected].
- Talk to your managing broker. If you wish to take a leave, you must surrender your licence to RECBC for the duration of the leave. You will need to ask your managing broker to send your licence to us, indicating the reason on the reverse of the licence. Once your managing broker has returned your licence to RECBC, you can no longer provide any real estate services.
- Put it in writing. To receive a leave from RECBC, you must submit a written request to our Education Department. For a medical leave, you will need to include supporting documentation, including letters from the medical professionals involved in your treatment. For a parental leave, you must submit your child’s birth certificate or proof of adoption. Compassionate care leave requests must be accompanied by a medical certificate
- Apply for relicensing promptly. On or before the end date of your leave, you must apply for relicensing in order to resume providing real estate services.
- Keep current for your return. Before returning from a long leave, catch up on anything you may have missed by completing a Legal Update course in your practice area, and reviewing RECBC resources. Being informed and up to date will increase your confidence level, and help ensure that you are ready to provide a high level of professional service.