On April 3 and 4, 2020, Service Canada published two new fact sheets outlining the temporary special measures it is implementing in relation to the federal work-sharing program in response to COVID-19. These measures, which expand upon previously-announced changes to the work-sharing program, are aimed at streamlining and expediting the work-sharing application process in an effort to help employers avoid further layoffs and dismissals.
I started my legal career in September 2008, which coincided with an unprecedented economic collapse. I received a crash course in recession-related legal advice. I advised clients about everything from quick fixes to Hail Mary attempts to support their workers and save their businesses. But it wasn’t until the last few weeks that I had to dust off my old playbook and again discuss these urgent, drastic measures with my employer clients. Some of these measures include:
Unprecedented numbers of Canadians are applying for Employment Insurance (“EI”) benefits due to an interruption in earnings caused by layoff, sickness or quarantine resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, we explore some of the most common questions arising in relation to EI benefits at this time.