I have a question about being able to receive EI benefits if I work for my spouse.
He is an employee of his own incorporated company and has a sub-contractor who works for him (non-employee) and an actual employee.
We have been discussing the prospect of him hiring me to be an office administrator, but at some point we would like to have a baby so we wouldn't want to lose the opportunity of having maternity and parental benefits.
My position would be completely legitimate - I would actually be working and be paid an appropriate amount for the hours I work, just like any other employee and other office admins elsewhere. Therefore, I believe we would be working at arm's length from each other and that I should still be able to receive EI benefits. Is there a way to find out before taking on this job that I would, in fact, be able to receive benefits or would we just have to cross our fingers and hope that CRA doesn't deny me benefits once I try going on maternity leave?
Has anyone else here had success in receiving benefits if working for your spouse/your spouse receiving benefits if working for you?
As mentioned, I would actually be doing the work - we wouldn't be trying to scam the system!