The Government has made several changes to the Employment Insurance Act through Budget 2016, aimed at improving the coverage and services available to claimants.
Below we have outlined the changes that are most likely to affect your employees, including the reduction of waiting periods for EI and the ability to work during parental or compassion leave.
There are other changes to the act, and more details to the information below listed on the Service Canada website. For further information, click here.
Reducing the two-week waiting period to one week
The Employment Insurance (EI) waiting period is a period of time that must be served before a claimant can begin to receive EI benefits. It has been set at two weeks since 1971. Shortening the waiting period is expected to ease the financial strain for EI claimants at the front-end of a claim and will put an additional $650 million in the pockets of Canadians annually beginning next year. Read more