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Maternity Leave Before 52 Weeks?

I know to qualify for Maternity leave you need to work somewhere for 52 consecutive weeks.

What happens if you haven’t been there that long? Has this happened to anyone?

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  1. 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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    1. 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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    1. Not necessarily I was fired for being pregnant and ei still gave me mat leave even though they believed my employer over me. ( human rights didn’t though)

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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    1. And you answered with incorrect the facts regarding what you think is discrimination. Your job doesn’t get held for you unless you have been there for 52 weeks

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    2. And for the actual answer to the question is as long as it is 52 consecutive weeks worked in a year you qualify for maternity does not have to be with the same employer. What Stephanie said is correct (just got off mat leave in January)

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  8. 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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