Well, the most you can get when combining regular benefits + any other type of benefit (parental, sickness, maternal) is 50 weeks. So my advice is to exhaust your parental claim first then switch to regular benefits. For you, it will be 3 wks compassionate + 35 wks parental + 12 wks regular.u0dcameron wrote: ↑Jul 16th, 2012 3:06 pmWant to thank you again for all the advise you have given in regards to EI.
Back in March I claimed for compassionate care benefits as my daughter was hospitalized at birth. I got off compassionate care after receiving 3 weeks because I decided I would try and go back to work. I went back to work for 1 week and decided I needed to quit my job to look after my daughter and took parental leave. She was hospitalized from birth February 25th to the end of June 19th 2012 I now have 18 weeks left of parental benefits and now think I may need regular unemployment benefits to further my benefits because parental is only 35 weeks. My question is will I have trouble switching from parental to regular benefits and how many weeks is the maximum you can get for regular benefits? I understand that the 35 weeks will be deducted from the amount of weeks I could receive for regular benefits but I'm unsure of exactly how many weeks is the maximum for regular benefits. I can't access my service Canada at the moment to find how many insurable hours I had but I'm fairly certain I was at the max amount of hours so I believe I would receive the max amount of weeks.
Also will taking care of my daughter be considered just cause? What will I need to have to prove this if anything, they already have on file that I was on compassionate care for her which included the doctor signed papers saying she was at risk of death.
Lastly how soon should I call service Canada to see about getting switched from parental benefits to regular benefits I am currently in week 17 of 35 of my parental benefits.
As for qualifying reglar benefits, you need to be available for work at the time of the switch. The reason for quitting your job to care an ill offspring is definitely just cause (http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/ei/d ... tml#a6_5_6), but you also need to be available for full time work to be eligible for regular benefits. When you apply, don't forget to mention the medical documentation on file that your daughter was in dire situation. Best of luck to your daughter.