Post # 1
So I just got a job offer thats actually in my fiely YAY!!!! I’ve been working at my current job fro over 3 years now. My question is at this new job- I will have 3 months probation -Hubby and I are also starting chlomid next month- will I be able to go on mat leave even if I haven’t worked at the company for a year, this is if the chlomid works like its supposed to and we get pregnant right away?
Post # 2
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.
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Post # 4
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
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
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
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.”
So depending what province you are in determines if you job is protected or not.
Post # 8
morecowbell: interesting, didn’t realize job protection varied province to province.
OP I’m in Ontario.
Post # 9
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
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 # 10
somethingblue04: Oh I truly don’t mean to rip the company off. I am not pregnant at the time. However it has been one heck of a year. With a misscarriage and beign diagnosed with pcos- hubby and I are just ready to start again.
I am currently in a good job- where I have been for 3 years, and if mat leave wasn’t avaliable in teh new job, to be used within the year, then I would stay at my current. I just don’t want to have to wait a year before we start trying.
I called the new job’s HR, they confirmed that I do not have to have a minimum time before I go on mat leave, they will top up the first 6 pay checks, and the rest will go through EI.
Thanks for everyones help!
Post # 11
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!