Help me make sense of my EI entitlements
October 17, 2012 1:21 PM Subscribe
Can someone explain the EI benefits period to me?
posted by Felicity Rilke to Work & Money (3 answers total)
I'm finally caving and applying for EI sickness benefits after my latest chemo regimen kicked my ass and landed me in the hospital for two weeks. I'm not doing too badly now and we've stopped the drug that led to the hospitalization, but my energy is still pretty compromised and I may have to change to a different chemo protocol in a month if this trial isn't working to stabilize my progression.
I have a good top-up program through work (95%) so I'm not concerned about a significant income reduction. But I don't quite understand the benefits period. I'm allowed to take a maximum of 15 weeks in a 52-week period. Say I start sickness benefits on November 1, 2012 and take eight weeks of leave. This means I can take another seven weeks of leave at any point between February 1, 2013 and October 31, 2013, right?
Assuming that understanding is correct, how does it work if I want to take another leave in the following 52 weeks? Am I entitled to do that as long as I've worked 600 hours in the previous 52-week period? Could I take the remaining seven weeks of my EI sickness benefits from September 7, 2013 until October 31, 2013 and then roll into another 15 weeks of benefits beginning November 1st, 2013? (Essentially taking 22 consecutive weeks of EI benefits.)
Basically, I'm not sure what my options are if I am splitting up my 15 weeks throughout a 52-week period rather than taking them all at once. The government website doesn't provide a lot of clarity on this matter.
Relevant info - I'm in Toronto, ON, employed full-time with the same company for three years.