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  #1  
September 29th, 2006, 05:39 PM
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I'm trying to figure out how long I need to be back at work in order to get full government mat benefits again. From what I've read it's 600 hours, which if I'm working 40 hours, is only 15 weeks. Is that right?!?! That doesn't seem like much to me!

Or is there some sort of rule, like a period of time you need to have between receiving mat benefits (other than the 600 hours of work)?

Anyone know??
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September 29th, 2006, 06:12 PM
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Who is eligible?

To be entitled to maternity, parental or sickness benefits you must show that:

* your regular weekly earnings have been decreased by more than 40%; and
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you have accumulated 600 insured hours in the last 52 weeks or since your last claim. This period is called the qualifying period.[/b]
Here is the main link to the info http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/asp/gateway.asp?hr=...html&hs=tyt

From what I remember it was just the 600 hours but that may have changed since 02.

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September 29th, 2006, 06:27 PM
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I am pretty certain I also read that it was 600 hours but I think it would be of anyones benefit to try and fit in more than 600 because I think the shorter amount of time you work the less money you get. I think they take into consideration your earnings over the previous year, so if you worked a full year you would get more money than if you just worked 15 weeks. It also may vary by area, areas of high unemployment require less hours for regular unemployment but I dont know if that applies to mat leave.
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September 29th, 2006, 07:31 PM
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It is 600 hours. i just went through this.. however.. you cannot make a claim until i beleive 15 weeks prior to your due date unless you need to be on med leave
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September 29th, 2006, 08:05 PM
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Yeah it's 600 hours within the last 52 weeks of you claim. So for example, if you claim May 1 2007, then it has to be 600 hours from May 1 2006 to May 1 2007. And remember you ONLY get 55%, so don't think that you are going to get all your pay like you did when you are working, I know it SUCKS.
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September 29th, 2006, 08:31 PM
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Ok, so let me make sure I have this right:

I've been on mat leave since January 2006 and will be going back to work in January 2007. Let's HYPOTHETICALLY say I get PG and am due November 2007. So I'll have worked January-October 2007 before I require mat leave again. In that case, I receive government mat benefits based on my salary from January-October 2007. Correct?

Just want to make sure I'm getting this all right. I'm having some serious baby fever and we're going to TTC in the new year, so I want to make sure I have some sort of clue about how my mat benefits will work when the time comes.

Thanks so much ladies!!
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September 29th, 2006, 09:00 PM
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Yes. It is 55% of the average that you have made in the last 52 weeks of working (or last 600 hours of working). Unless you are a government worker you get 93% , which in our case we do. But for other people who arent gov't workers - its 55%.
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September 29th, 2006, 09:18 PM
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Yep, just 600 hrs.

Great, isn't it!!
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October 3rd, 2006, 07:15 PM
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Yes. It is 55% of the average that you have made in the last 52 weeks of working (or last 600 hours of working). Unless you are a government worker you get 93% , which in our case we do. But for other people who arent gov't workers - its 55%.[/b]
Is it just me or is the percentage constantly going down? Is there a cap on the amount a person could be elligable for?
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October 12th, 2006, 05:51 AM
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Yes. It is 55% of the average that you have made in the last 52 weeks of working (or last 600 hours of working). Unless you are a government worker you get 93% , which in our case we do. But for other people who arent gov't workers - its 55%.[/b]
Is it just me or is the percentage constantly going down? Is there a cap on the amount a person could be elligable for?
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Yes, it's capped... I'm at the max with $728 net every 2 weeks. That's not 55% of my earnings but it's a wonderful benefit.
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October 12th, 2006, 09:54 AM
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My mat leave ends in July.. I'm planning on working maybe 6 - 7 months before going on leave again... it's the only way I'll be able to part with dd and put her in daycare if I tell myself it's only temporary... then I think I may become a SAHM for a bit.. but will be hartd without that nice 55%.. Which is really not as bad as it sounds.. since you are taxed differently... I used to bring in about $900 every two weeks and I now bring in $642
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October 13th, 2006, 07:49 AM
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((not happy about the cap!))
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October 13th, 2006, 10:41 AM
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((not happy about the cap!))[/b]
There has always been a cap on money from EI, whether for mat leave, sick, or plain old unemployed/laid off.
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October 13th, 2006, 01:54 PM
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(I've never used that system so I wouldn't know.) So tough then eh?
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October 23rd, 2006, 11:28 AM
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I need a govt job before I have another baby lol
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