As businesses and workplaces are reopening and life is shifting to the new normal, many employees who have been working from home during the pandemic have begun to express reluctance in returning to the office.
This issue has arisen in several recent mediations that I have conducted. As regular readers will know, Employment Insurance benefits are usually deducted from money paid out in lieu of notice of dismissal. At mediation, the plaintiff will be asked if they received EI benefits; if they did, then a mechanism for obtaining a statement of account/debt from Service Canada, and a holdback of funds to cover any repayment obligation, is typical.
To address some of the most common questions, we've put together a list of the top 3 HR questions which we answer below.