Monday 21 January 2008

The government can kiss my ass!

I was going to tag this onto my other entry today, but thought it should have it's own.

Well, I got a letter in the mail today from our beloved Canadian Government (Revenue Services). Seems I may owe them money back from my maternity leave with ALEX. Yes. They are now deciding that they overpaid me two and a half years ago and would like some money back please. You see, as with anything government-related, it is not easy to figure out when exactly the maternity leave commences and terminates. You get 15 weeks pregnancy leave (only mom can take that) and 35 weeks parental leave (to be taken by either or both parents). It is just me or does that add up to 50 weeks? So, when I returned to work, I returned 50 weeks after I'd left. Well, there's a 2 week waiting period. I thought it was just a waiting period before your benefits kick in. Apparently it's added onto the 50 weeks, so the leave is actually 52 weeks. So, not only did I return to work 2 weeks before I should have (and lost out on two more weeks to be home with my Baby Girl), I may now owe the government the money they paid me for those two weeks. Talk about adding insult to injury. So, now I get to call Revenue Canada and try to sort all this out...... Blah.


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