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    Question Back to Back Mat leave question

    I know there are some government and HR-type mommies on here. I just want to make sure I understand this correctly:

    I KNOW that you need 600 hours to collect EI.

    I know I won't have that, but I can still take mat leave, right? There aren't any limitations on when you can take mat leaves, other than the rules re: how close to your due date you can go. They can be back to back, right?

    Am I right about this?




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    I think you can take mat leave, but you won't get paid for it.

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    Maybe you can ask this question under the “Human Resources Expert“ in the experts section?

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    Could you go back a bit early from this mat leave so that you can earn enough hours to get paid for the next one?
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    I did back to back mat leaves.

    I was still on Mat leave only 6 months when dd2 was born. I went back to work and got my hours and then took the 9 months off.

    I then went back to work and then I took another mat leave b/c ds was born 14 months later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laurensmom View Post
    Could you go back a bit early from this mat leave so that you can earn enough hours to get paid for the next one?
    Nope, we don't work in the summer, so it's not even possible at this point.




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    I also did back to back mat leaves. I got pregnant with YDS when DD was 5 months old. I could have went back to work early to accululate my 600 hours but I decided not too. I called the labour board and they told me that as long as I have been at my current employer for longer than 13 weeks, then I am entitled to ANOTHER mat leave because it is ANOTHER pregnancy. It is UNPAID though.
    You are still entitled to a ONE YEAR maternity leave even if you don't have the 600-650 hours (I forget the magic #). It will just be UNPAID.


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    No problem taking it as job protection is legislated by the Ontario Employment Standards Act, and EI is a federally regulated program. They are 2 connected, but disctinct laws. You have to be employed for 13 weeks prior to your due date (and this includes mat leave time). You DO NOT have to return to work for a set period time between leaves to qualify for job protection. To be able to get EI, the rules are different.

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    Great! Thanks everyone. That was my understanding, I just wanted to double check, since my employer has not returned my call!




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    It's great that you don't need to worry about you're job while your off, but personally I'd still want the EI :P

    Could you pick up some PT evening hours now (and over the summer) to make up the difference? That's what I would probably do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a_bun_in_the_oven View Post
    It's great that you don't need to worry about you're job while your off, but personally I'd still want the EI :P

    Could you pick up some PT evening hours now (and over the summer) to make up the difference? That's what I would probably do.
    ITA, it doesn't have to be the same job to qualify for the 600 hours, so you could pick up something over the summer or part-time to make it up.

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