Employment Insurance (EI)

Most employees qualify for government employment insurance (“EI”) that will pay them a salary while they are not working for some reason, including:

  1. regular benefits for people whose employment was terminated without cause;
  2. sickness benefits for people who are unable to work due to illness or injury;
  3. maternity and parental benefits for pregnant women, individuals who have recently had a baby and individuals who have adopted a baby;
  4. compassionate care benefits for people who have to leave work to care for a gravely ill family member.

Sometimes, however, individuals can be denied government employment insurance benefits. For example, you are only entitled to EI regular benefits if you:

  • were employed;
  • lost your job through no fault of your own;
  • have worked for the required number of hours since your last EI claim;
  • are ready, willing and capable of working every weak day; and
  • are actively looking for work.

You may not be entitled for benefits:

  • if you voluntarily left your job without just cause (unless you were constructively dismissed);
  • if you were dismissed for just cause (this is usually easy to disprove unless it was very serious misconduct);
  • if you are unemployed because you on strike.

Please note, Dutton Employment Law does not handle EI issues and we do not provide free consultations for EI issues.