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Slaw: The launch of the new Social Security Tribunal

On April 1, 2013, the federal government launched the new Social Security Tribunal…

 

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Allocation of settlement funds in wrongful dismissal – between taxable and tax exempt

Damages for wrongful dismissal are intended primarily to compensate the dismissed employee for income lost due to the dismissal. As such, the amount of such compensation, whether as a result of a settlement or a judgment by the court is, prima facie, taxable.

 

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Our federal government’s recent introduction of proposed reforms to the employment insurance system has prompted the expected furor from both sides of the debate…

 

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Employment insurance sweeping reforms

The federal Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development recently announced that the government is making significant changes to the employment insurance system to ensure its efficiency. At the same time as these changes were announced, the Canadian Press learned that the government has stopped providing Statistics Canada “key and current information about how much federal money is flowing to each of the provinces for EI claimants.”

 

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$450-million EI class-action lawsuit

The federal government is facing a $450-million class-action lawsuit for failing to provide sickness employment Insurance benefits to women already receiving maternity EI benefits while on maternity leave. The aim of the lawsuit is to ensure no other new mother who becomes seriously ill during maternity leave has to fight for sickness benefits.

 

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Tax and employment insurance issues when settling dismissal claims

Employment lawyers are generally quite adept at negotiating and resolving disputes arising out of the termination of an individual’s employment. We have all seen the statistics that only a miniscule number of dismissals result in a full trial and we know that in almost every case, it is better for the parties to reach a resolution than to proceed with litigation. That said, many traps exist in the settlement of a wrongful dismissal claim.

 

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Adoptive mothers not allowed maternity leave

Under employment standards legislation, birth mothers receive a total of 52 weeks of leave when they combine maternity (17 weeks) and parental leave (35 weeks), and are entitled to receive a total of 50 weeks of EI benefits (15 weeks maternity, 35 weeks parental) for that period. However, the same benefits are not available to adoptive mothers, who only receive 37 weeks of parental leave and 35 weeks of EI benefits. Now a new movement to challenge the law to provide equal EI benefits to adoptive parents is gaining momentum…

 

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