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#1 Northern Ontarian

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:54 PM

Hello,
Wondering what our rights are for sick leave in Ontario, all I could find online was for employers with 50+ employees but nothing about smaller employers.
Wondering if my job is safe if I take sick leave for treatments.
Thank you.

Me: 29, PCOS, Severe Endometriosis, Thyroid Issues
Husband: 33, no issues

TTC since August 2011
6 rounds of Clomid = all BFNs

3 IUIs + 1 cancelled cycle = all BFN

2 surgeries for treatment of endometriosis

IVF #1 @ ProCrea = BFN (Terrible experience at this clinic)

IVF #2 @ LifeQuest - May 2014: transfer cancelled due to OHSS, 5 embryos frozen, only 1 viable embryo left after PGS

FET #1 @ LifeQuest - July 2014 = BFN

IVF #3 @ LifeQuest - hoping for early 2015...

 

 

 

 


#2 orchid

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:23 AM

Do you need to go on sick leave on medical grounds or is it impractical time wise to make it to your appointments due to distance? Is the nature of your job physically demanding?

The first thing I would do is get a hold of the benefit plan that your company has. That should clear up what your entitlements are ... how much of your salary you'd be getting (can range from 65 percent to full salary) and for how many weeks. You'd want to know what the financial hit would be if you went on sick leave. If you don't have benefits through your work, I am not certain that you would get EI through the government.

Either way, a doctor would need to write you a note basically saying that on medical grounds you are unable to work.

From my experience though, I was able to avoid taking sick leave and used 4 vacation days in total for my IVF cycle. With that said though, I live 20 mins from my clinic and I sit all day.

The question on whether your job is safe: you can not be fired due to illness, however I have worked in HR departments where people that go on sick leave are frowned upon and it could be a career limiting move in some organizations. So, it really depends on the culture of the company you work for and whether they'd risk litigation if they wrongfully dismiss you once you are back from sick leave.

Me:40 DH:41
TTC since 2003
Male Factor - Arimidex, but limited impact, therefore fast track to IVF/ICSI
IVF #1, May 2011 - Long Protocol
April 17 - start BCP (Marvelon)
May 3 - start Suprefact
May 13 - start Puregon
May 23 - HCG
May 25 - ER!!!!!!!! 16 eggs retrieved - all ICSI
May 26 - 14 eggs injected - 13 embrios (grow embies grow!)
May 30 - ET - 1 blast and 1 embryo transfered ... saw a taddpole wiggling on u/s!
June 1 - 2 blasts frozen (grade 4BB and 3BC)
June 05 - brown spotting
June 06 - bright red bleed
June 08 - Scheduled beta - BFN - sad.png
 
FET #1, July 2011
July 11 - Cycle day 1 - Started Estrace and Baby Aspirin
July 21 - u/s to check lining
July 27 - ET of 2 blasts
Aug 5 - BFP ... beta 164
Aug 8 - beta 429
1st u/s - Sept 1 - singleton - h/b 160n/t scan - Sept 30
1st OB appt - Oct 5a/s - Nov 23 - it's a BOY!!EDD - April 14, 2012
Karl Frederick was born on April 1st at 4:32 pm weighing 8 lbs 14 oz.

TTC #2 ... hope this works!
 
IVF #2 - Sept 2014 
Long Protocol - Suprefact, Gonal F 300
23 eggs retrieved, 14 fertilized, 1 3AB transferred, 1 3BC frozen
Oct 14 - brown spotting
Oct 15 - bright red bleed ... this is looking like my other fresh cycle!!
Oct 20 - BFP ... beta 67 ... OMG!!
Oct 23 - beta 182
Oct 27 - beta 1320
Nov 14 - HB around 72 and measuring at 6wk3dys, rather than 7wks4dys ... will probably m/c
Dec 2 - no HB and measuring 7wk4dys, miscarried the next day sad.png
 
FET #2, May 2015
Transferred 3BC ... BFN sad.png

IVF #3 - July/Aug 2015

Long Protocol - Suprefact, Gonal F 350

July 27 - start BCP

Aug 5 - start Suprefact

Aug 14 - start Gonal F

Aug 25 - retrieval of 16 oocytes

Aug 26 - 15 ICSIed, 8 fertilized

Aug 30 - 3 frosties (4AB, 2AC, 3AC) - freeze all cycle by choice

 
FET #3, Sept 2015

Transferred 4AB ... BFN ... sad.png devastated.

 

FET #4, Oct 2015

Transferred 2AC and 3AC ... very low BFP (7) ... second beta 0

 

IVF #4 - May 2016

Long Protocol - Suprefact, Gonal F 350, Luveris

May 11 - retrieval of 17 oocytes, 12 ICSId, 12fertilized

May 17 - nothing to transfer or freeze sad.png

 

Time for 2nd opinions


#3 Northern Ontarian

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:46 PM

Thank you for your honest reply.

My company has sick days but no short term disability benefits. I contacted EI and was told I must exaust all those days first (I only have a few left anyway).

I am requesting medical leave for medical grounds as well as the unpractical-ness (is that even a word??) as our clinic is 1.5 hours + away.

We do not have an "HR department" but a manager that fulfills the HR/payroll duties. She and my immediate supervisor were very supportive, and actually suggested time off, although this may change when they find out I'll actually be taking time off.
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Me: 29, PCOS, Severe Endometriosis, Thyroid Issues
Husband: 33, no issues

TTC since August 2011
6 rounds of Clomid = all BFNs

3 IUIs + 1 cancelled cycle = all BFN

2 surgeries for treatment of endometriosis

IVF #1 @ ProCrea = BFN (Terrible experience at this clinic)

IVF #2 @ LifeQuest - May 2014: transfer cancelled due to OHSS, 5 embryos frozen, only 1 viable embryo left after PGS

FET #1 @ LifeQuest - July 2014 = BFN

IVF #3 @ LifeQuest - hoping for early 2015...

 

 

 

 


#4 sprbaby

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 02:10 PM

My clinic is also 1.5h from my work, and during my IVF cycle I basically took 18 days off. I have a very flexible and accommodating job, so I could work from home somewhat, and got someone to cover for me for some other things. This factors into planning my next retrieval cycle as well. My clinic offered a medical note if I needed one, and every medical note I've ever seen did not disclose anything about your treatment or condition, however it does have the doctor's name so it doesn't take much to find out what kind of practice they run and "guess" someone's condition when it's a specialist.


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Dx: Tubal

Me (38) DH (37)

 

IVF Cycle #1

Dec 2013 13 retrieved, 11 fertilized,

day 3: 7 great embryos

day 5: no blasts; transferred 1 morula

day 6: still no blasts, nothing to freeze

day 13: spotting

day 14: BFN

 

IVF Cycle #2 - March 2014

*added 3 months CoQ10 and omnitrope with stims*

Mar 2014: 14 eggs retrieved, 13 fertilized

day 5: two early blasts, both transferred!

day 6: one more blast frozen!

day 14: AF arrived, BFN confirmed on day 16.

 

FET cycle - Nov 2014

transferred one and only frozen blast - BFN


#5 gibasgirl

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 06:00 PM

I had someone google the doctor. So even though my note made no mention of the medical reason, or the doctor's specialty (I asked the doctor to use something other than their formal letterhead), thinking that would be enough to give me privacy.

Unfortunately not.

They looked up the doctor and talked to me about it. I got "feedback."

Yes that was wrong.
No, they were not supposed to do that but they did and there is no undo button when one's privacy is violated.

#6 Bubby99

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:43 PM

Hello,
Wondering what our rights are for sick leave in Ontario, all I could find online was for employers with 50+ employees but nothing about smaller employers.
Wondering if my job is safe if I take sick leave for treatments.
Thank you.


I work for a very large organization so we have personal/sick and vacation and I don't have disclose anything and I submit dr notes to an impartial 3rd party so my boss never sees anything, I'm very lucky.
I couldn't find an answer to your question but it's within your rights to call the ministry of labour and ask
http://www.labour.go...dback/index.php

GG what happened to you is awful and you can actually file a complaint...that's really unfair that someone nosed around and looked into your perusal info. Sorry.

Me - 37 38 DOR

DH - 39 40 (swimmers perfect)

TTC December 2010

Nautral cycle with clomid - too many to count 2012
Cancelled IUI - July 2012 (cysts)
September 2012 IUI mt Sinai BFN
Switched clinics January 2013 to Hannam
IVF #1
ER July 2013 - 4 follies 1 egg unsure.png 
ET July 2013 - transferred 1 embryo grade 2 7 cell
Current 2ww
Aug 2013 th_abfn.gif cry.gif

 

Sept 2013 Told IVF with my OE is not going to work cry.gif ...time to move onto to Plan B.

 

2015 Plan B donor eggs

 

 


#7 gibasgirl

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:50 PM

No, I cannot because the person I would have to report to is the person who did it.

#8 Bubby99

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:34 PM

No, I cannot because the person I would have to report to is the person who did it.

That's really too bad.  I think you can submit an anonymous complaint but it sounds like it would be easily figured out that it was you...sorry about that, it's really sad when these things happen and employees are not able to protect their rights b/c they fear retaliation from their company or boss.  It's completely wrong.  


Me - 37 38 DOR

DH - 39 40 (swimmers perfect)

TTC December 2010

Nautral cycle with clomid - too many to count 2012
Cancelled IUI - July 2012 (cysts)
September 2012 IUI mt Sinai BFN
Switched clinics January 2013 to Hannam
IVF #1
ER July 2013 - 4 follies 1 egg unsure.png 
ET July 2013 - transferred 1 embryo grade 2 7 cell
Current 2ww
Aug 2013 th_abfn.gif cry.gif

 

Sept 2013 Told IVF with my OE is not going to work cry.gif ...time to move onto to Plan B.

 

2015 Plan B donor eggs

 

 


#9 CdnHockeyGal

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 05:04 PM

So grateful this thread is here...my DH just got asked to come in on a regular day off for a special project...same day as we're supposed to be in the States for ivf...was totally pre-armed and prepared with "we're dealing with a non-life threatening medical issue"...love it...thank you all for the major stress relief!


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