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Maternity Leave Before 52 Weeks?



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  1. You don’t need to work for 52 weeks in order to qualify for mat leave you need to have 600 hours of work. That could be done in as little as 4-5 months of work.

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  2. Ashley Burr Ashley Burr says:

    To guarantee your position your employer may require 52 weeks but in order to get maternity leave you need to work 600 hours in 52 weeks. Works out to be 13-14 weeks full time. Your employer cannot lay you off for being pregnant – just doesn’t necessarily have to guarantee your exact position – but they do have to bring you back to something similar with the same pay.

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    • Ashley Burr Ashley Burr says:

      Exactly, you have a human rights complaint. You can be laid off, happened to a friend of mine. However she was apart of a layoff of 10 other people in her office. So it was actual lack of work. If you are laid off the day before you are set to come back that is a violation of employment standards as well as a human rights violation. Of course no job is guaranteed but these measures are in place to protect the mother. I would have sued the pants off your previous employer. Plus, who wants to work for a company who would do that to their employees anyways.

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  3. Lysa Lee Lysa Lee says:

    600 hours and not fired from the job

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  4. Everyone mentions the number of hours, but don’t you actually have to be pregnant as well? I have a beer belly and identify as pregnant – does that count?

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  5. You only need x number of hours in 52 weeks….. So if you can slam out the 600 hours in 40 weeks your good to go.

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  6. This happened to me. I worked for the Alberta Chambers of Commerce. I got hired on after my practicum from CDI college. Then became pregnant. I didnt work there for 52 weeks, but I still qualified for maternity leave through EI. The only thing is they didnt have to hold my job for me, because I wasn’t there for 52 weeks.

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  7. Julia Bryce Julia Bryce says:

    if you are a 40 hour a week employee, that is 15 weeks. 600 hours needed for mat leave.

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  8. Lyn Hessels Lyn Hessels says:

    For job protected leave for up to 52 weeks of continuous employment. …for maternity/parental leave benefits($$) 600 hours in 52 weeks. 2 totally different issues..one is simply job protection (Employment Standards /Human Rights). The other for the 600 hours is straight EI Benefits.

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  9. I’m past needing these benefits so don’t know any details but I do know what my daughter-in-law was denied all benefits because she was 12 hours short. Appealing didn’t help – it was essentially her fault because she decided to take off work early (2 months early).

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  10. Lyn Hessels Lyn Hessels says:

    There is a really good booklet available through the Provincial Government explaining benefits and job protection and who administers each. It’s called “Becoming A Parent” and it’s free. It can be ordered on line and most EI Offices have it as well. It is on line as well if you’re not into paper,

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  11. You don’t have to have worked for the same employer for that time..you just have to had worked for that time.

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  12. Make sure you have enough hours! I was short 9 hours and I didn’t get a penny! I even asked if I could go back & work those hours, but because I had already filed for Mat leave they said it was too late!

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  13. Did you work somewhere before this place? Those hours can be combined but unfortunately your employer doesn’t have to hold your job for you when mat leave is up.

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  14. IT doesnt have to be with the same employer. That’s why you keep your ROEs from multiple employers. And no employers can’t demand you work a full year before guaranteeing your position. Thanks discrimination. IF you work somewhere and you’re pregnant, unless you have a contract roll with a set end date, you are guaranteed the same or equivalent position.

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  15. Back when I was having babies, you only needed 20 wks of work to qualify. When did that change?

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  16. through your employer i have no idea but i just looked it up and for EI mat leave you need a min of 600 hours

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  17. Carmen Shaw Carmen Shaw says:

    It’s the number of hours, not how long you have been with a company to get leave. 600 hours I think?

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  18. So we are looking at our mat leave already even though I’m only 13 weeks and was told that I need 52 weeks of employment for job security, and only need 600 hours to qualify for mat leave. But they can decide not to use hours from previous jobs depending on reasoning of not being there anymore or if you were fired.

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  19. You just have to have a certian amount of hours , it doesnt all have to be with the same employer.

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