Employment Insurance (EI) is a program created by the Government of Canada to provide temporary income support to unemployed workers in Canada. EI benefits are provided to workers who have recently been terminated from their job, are unable to work due to a sickness, leave the workforce for child-caring responsibilities or compassionate reasons.
Workers are not automatically entitled to receive EI benefits – they are required to work a certain number of hours prior to applying. A number of other rules apply. For example, employees that voluntarily resign from their employment are not entitled to a severance package or EI benefits. The same goes for employees that have been terminated for just cause.
Employment Insurance (EI) claims are filled out through Service Canada, and require the applicant to complete various forms, in addition to submitting a Record of Employment (ROE), which is a document issued by the employer indicating a specific ‘code,’ which corresponds to the reason the employee has gone off work and is applying for EI Benefits.
If your EI claim has been denied or have any questions generally about the application process and your eligibility, please give my law firm a call to discuss.