Are you looking for part time or full time work?Tilleycat wrote: ↑Sep 30th, 2012 9:15 amThank you for this thread, I appreciate having somewhere to get some information on EI. I have a bit of a complicated case and I'm hoping you might be able to help me. I will try to keep this brief.
I was on maternity benefits until Sept/10. I returned to work full time and then went off work in Jan/11 on my company's short term and then long term disability plan. As of March 2012 I was cleared to return to work part time so my LTD benefits ended. I am a unionized employee and there are no part time provisions in our collective agreement. The reasons for my being unable to return full time are 2-fold...I myself have medical issues that prevent me from working full time and I am also the primary caregiver for a profoundly disabled child.
I attempted to negotiate with my employer and ask for an accommodation. This got messy and in June 2012 I filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal in Ontario alleging that my employer has contravened the Code by not working with me to reach an accommodation. In the meantime I have not been working or receiving any income but am technically still employed, and my extended health benefits are still in place. I applied for sickness benefits and after almost 3 months was approved. These benefits end this week as I will have received the maximum 15 weeks.
In the meantime my case with the Human Rights Tribunal has moved ahead. We are now scheduled to go to mediation as the a tribunal has determined I have a case. This likely wont happen until early 2013.
Now, because I had been on maternity leave the agent went back 24 months to figure out my insurance hours. I have 609 hours (I have worked full time for the same employer for 9 years, it's just that there was a maternity leave in that 24 month qualifying period) so I qualified for sickness but apparently I would need 630 hours for regular benefits. I will apply anyway now that sickness has run out but I suspect I will be denied because I am short 21 hours.
Is there anything I can do? Appeal the decision? Involve my MP? I totally understand there are rules, legislation etc. but I am a welfare caseworker in Ontario and I know first hand that exceptions are made all the time. i want to be back at work, part time, but my employer isn't allowing me, and quitting isn't an option because of the pending Human Rights case. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Who takes care of your child while you're working?