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Old Dec 8th, 2010, 09:19 AM   11
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Ugh. Once again, am envious of everyone across the pond. We only have 8 weeks maternity leave in the US at 50% of pay. Also, my job isn't covered because we have less then 15 people where I work so when I get pregnant, I will probably be let go/my job be given to someone else Not happy.
I didnt know thats how it was in the US, I wonder if its the same up here in Canada? I will just have to check out those options when I am looking for a job. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom, doesnt seem to be working out that way unless my Fiances business starts picking up.



 
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Old Dec 8th, 2010, 09:31 AM   12
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In Canada you're entitled to mat leave if you've worked a minumum of hours...I think it works out to around 6 months full-time? You get approx. 50% of your pay up to a max of 42,000....again approx. So it works out to max $760 every 2 weeks. From the gov't. Everyone gets this, all you need to do is work the hours and of course have a baby! lol. Is your OH talking about top up pay? That just depends on the company, a lot do, almost never for the full year (except ironically for federal gov't employees and I'm sure some other very lucky people). Mine tops up for the 17 weeks of maternity leave (the rest of the year is called parental leave and can be taken by either mother or father).
I think that's about all....if you have any other questions, just pm me!
Oh and in Canada they can NOT let you go, they have to provide equivalent employment upon your return. Usually it's your specific job, but sometimes they can't and will provide you with an alternative. Unless you work on a term? Your best bet would be to find permanent employment or wait until a term job becomes permanent.
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Old Dec 8th, 2010, 09:38 AM   13
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My OH is self employed, so Im not sure how that would work out ? So no matter what a job has to provide mat pay as long as you have worked the required hours? sry im just confused hehe



 
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Old Dec 8th, 2010, 10:15 AM   14
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My OH is self employed, so Im not sure how that would work out ? So no matter what a job has to provide mat pay as long as you have worked the required hours? sry im just confused hehe
As long as you're not self-employed. I'm guessing as long as you pay into EI (that's basically what it is). As long as you're paying into 'the system' and working the minimum of hours and of course have a baby, than you qualify for mat. leave. It's 1 year with a 2 week waiting period with no pay (some employers (like mine) pay that as well). I'd concentrate on finding a good job that you like and that has some level of job security. If you guys can survive now (with no 2nd income), you can most likely survive on mat leave pay.



 
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http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/e.../special.shtml
This is the link for FAQ's on mat. leave.



 
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Old Dec 8th, 2010, 10:58 AM   16
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