Maternity Leave - Ontario
My girlfriend and I are expecting our first child in the fall. She is a nurse currently working part-time in long term care for a private company (i.e. no top-ups). Over the last 52 weeks she has transitioned from casual to part-time and back to casual.
Her income has not been the same every week. There are weeks where she made about 900 to 1000/ week and others where she made nothing. Her annual income for 2019 was about 29k.
My understanding is that maternity leave (and parental leave) considers your best 14 to 22 weeks depending on unemployment rates. Considering unemployment was low in 2019 im expecting them to look at 22 weeks. Do you think there is any consideration here, can i reduce this somehow? Also, if i were to calculate her best 22 weeks with supporting documentation from pay stubs, would EI consider it? or will they just go based on her annual income?
Do you have any tips on how I can make the most of this work arrangement? Thanks for any advice you can provide.