I was laid off on December 22, but did not apply for EI until after the four week period (somewhere around January 25th). Reason was that I was immediately offered a position in another company but that company ended up ceasing operations, before I started work. I then applied and have begun collecting benefits at the max benefit amount. I put through an antedate request for December 23rd but after reading this thread it seems possible that this would reduce my benefits to last year's maximum rather than this year's.
Since I received 2 weeks severance, it appears that at most I would receive an extra 2 weeks of benefits if my antedate request is approved. But if this will affect my weekly benefits, it would probably end up not being worthwhile if I have to remain on EI for an extended period. The two weeks of benefits would soon be eaten by the lower amount of the weekly benefits for claims before January 1st, 2012.
My request has not yet been processed. Is there a way to ask that the effective date for the antedate request be January 1st, 2012 instead of December 23rd? Should I just ask that the request be cancelled completely? Or am I out of luck?