Mom diagnosed with cancer while on parental leave denied EI sickness benefits

Claim rejected because she wouldn’t otherwise be working while on maternity and parental leave
|employmentlawtoday.com|Last Updated: 05/20/2010

A new mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer while on parental leave has been denied extra EI sickness benefits.

Natalya Rougas, 37, of Toronto, gave birth to her son in early 2009. She had planned to return to work on Jan. 25, 2010, at the conclusion of her year of maternity and parental leave. However, shortly before her scheduled return date, Rougas was diagnosed with breast cancer and began treatment. The treatment includes chemotherapy and she is scheduled to have a double mastectomy, which rules out going back to work any time soon.