Canadian bees, i need your input please

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Busy bee

mrscandyv:  I would recommend reading the company’s individual policy on the intranet when you start. I can’t say that it would be a great career move to go on mat leave as soon as you start, but it may be possible to do so. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You’ll be fine. EI is based on hours you’ve worked in the qualifying period, even if split over more than one employer. Your employer is legally required to protect your job. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

awakemysoul:  +1<br /><br />It doesn’t matter how long you’ve worked there, as long as you have 600 insurable hours (at any employment where you contributed to EI) you are fine. It can be from 16 different jobs. Your current employer is legally obligated to hold your job.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I think I misunderstood your question, OP. In Canada, you get EI for maternity or paternity leave. However, many companies also have policies on mat leave where they “top up” your EI earnings to match your regular salary for x number of weeks.  

In order to qualify for the company top up, you may have to be there for the full year. That’s why I suggested reading the intranet to find the company’s policy. My earlier caution was about the company potentially feeling “used” for these benefits but even if they do, you need to do what’s best for your family. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

 

mrscandyv:  Be aware that even though you will qualify for EI payments (which is done on a federal basis) based on the hours you worked, every province has different rules on maternity/paternity leave.

 

For example in Alberta

All eligible employees are entitled to take maternity and parental leave without pay of up to one year, in the event of the birth of a child, and up to 37 consecutive weeks on the adoption of a child.

Employees must have 52 consecutive weeks of employment with the employer to be eligible for maternity and/or parental leave under the Code. This requirement applies to both full-time and part-time employees.

Birth mothers can take up to 52 consecutive weeks of unpaid job-protected leave. This is made up of 15 weeks of maternity leave and 37 weeks of parental leave.

Fathers and/or adoptive parents are eligible for up to 37 consecutive weeks of unpaid, job-protected parental leave. Adoptive parents can take parental leave regardless of the age of the adopted child.

Parental leave may be taken by one parent or shared between two parents but the total combined leave cannot exceed 37 weeks.”

 

http://work.alberta.ca/employment-standards/maternity-and-parental-leave.html

 

http://work.alberta.ca/documents/Maternity-Leave-and-Parental-Leave.pdf

 

So depending what province you are in determines if you job is protected or not.

 

 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

morecowbell:  interesting, didn’t realize job protection varied province to province.  

 

OP I’m in Ontario.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

 

awakemysoul:  I find the info a bit confusing since it seems to say you are only eligble for mat/parental leave after 52 weeks of employment, but EI is based on hours worked in the last period, but I’m quite certain it’s referring to mat/parental leave as combined job protection and EI which seems to be a provincial code.

 

This page has some good info for Ontario leave

http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/pregnancy.php

 

Notice the difference in terms

Alberta – Maternity leave 15 weeks for birth mother, and Parental leave 37 weeks for either parent

Ontario – Pregnancy leave 17 weeks for birth mother, Parental leave of 35 weeks for either parent

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

mrscandyv:  I absolutely didn’t think you were a scammer! There is never an ideal time for a woman to take time off from her career unfortunately. You have to do what’s best for you. 

I was thinking in my personal situation, I am worried about how I’d be perceived and my promotional opportunities if I leave too soon after I start (I’m nearly a year in and we are almost ready for kids). 

They aren’t supposed to let subjective opinions intefere with what should be objective decisions but we are all human and sometimes that happens. Good luck with your new job AND your fertility journey! 

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