Should both parents be entitled to benefits for having twins ?

Northern - posted on 01/26/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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There's an interesting article on National Post about an an Ottawa man’s attempt to claim separate parental leave benefits for each of his twin daughters. The federal court rejected his claim. What do you think should have been done in his case ?

"Christian Martin had argued that Employment Insurance rules discriminated against parents of multiple-birth children by restricting them to only 35 weeks of parental leave for a single pregnancy, while parents of children born from separate pregnancies can claim the 35 weeks for each child."

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Northern - posted on 01/26/2013

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I remember when I delivered my third. My oldest was in grade 3, my youngest was just beginning JK and my husband was working away in Alberta. He couldn't be there for the birth so I went to the hospital on my own. Next day I still had to walk the dog and prepare the lunches for the kids - with a newborn! I never once thought about how I would cope with it, I just did what I had to do ... I dont think I could do THAT all over again though LOL Three girls is enough for me! ;)

Kathryn - posted on 01/26/2013

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This gave me a giggle.

My first reaction was ..what a couple of babies...the parents, I am referring to.
Yes, twins may be a little bit more time consuming, but COME ON !!!
They are lucky to get 37 weeks paid. When I had my babies, I got 15 paid, and 2 weeks unpaid.Father didn't have any parental leave.

I support the decision by the judges. If someone has 3 preschool children, and a newborn, does that mean parents should get 4 lots of time off? Their workload is much more than twins.

My 2 youngest babies are 12 months and 12 days between each other. Both were in diapers,baby bottles, and neither could walk.My husband certainly didn't stay home from work. If anything, he worked overtime, to bring in extra money.

I don't know about the new shared maternity rules. If the wife doesn't qualify for EI, because she doesn't work outside the home, does the father have any paid parental benefits available?

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