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May 18, 2018
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Can my old employer discuss my employment insurance claim with other staff members? Someone I used to work with knew I had applied and been denied but I never told them anything.
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May 18, 2018
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Hi Everyone!

I am having a hard time figuring out if I am eligible for EI this coming summer. I am employed under a 10 month contract that ends July 1 2018. I work a full 35 hours a week currently. I have been offered a 12 month contact starting September 1 2018 with the same company. Between those 2 dates they have said I can fill in a couple days/ a week in July for people taking vacation.

In March 2018 I started taking courses online full-time as well (I have been so busy and have no life). I received OSAP in March and will receive a second instalment in July.

Am I eligible for EI even though I will be working here and there throughout the summer, and I am in school online. I am more than willing to work full time all summer if that option becomes available to me.

Thank you for any help!
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DelairD26831 wrote:
May 19th, 2018 9:53 am
Can my old employer discuss my employment insurance claim with other staff members? Someone I used to work with knew I had applied and been denied but I never told them anything.
I guess there’s nothing stopping them but it’s highly unprofessional.

I’m not entirely sure how they would know your claim was denied...
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Mar 4, 2018
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newbutterfly wrote:
May 17th, 2018 9:02 am
I was laid off on January 2, was given two weeks notice and told to work from home until January 19. I didn’t file for EI until February 15. However, I am only being paid EI from February 22nd. Can somebody please explain why? This is my first time filing so I don’t really understand the process. Thanks
In order for EI to be paid to you, you need to apply soon after you stop working. If you wait more than 4 weeks, it starts after you apply.
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Mar 4, 2018
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Deaton5858 wrote:
May 17th, 2018 9:47 am
My friend was fired from her job, she went into a depression, she got approved for ei, but that's coming to an end. The depression hasn't come to an end, someone said try the ei sick benifits, but will she be able to apply right after the regular benifits end, what about waiting periods and insurance hours? I thought you had to wait between claims to get the hours up
Your friend can possibly qualify for sick benefits (max 15 weeks) if she has a Dr's note stating the reason and date of recovery (even if just an estimate). Don't wait too long to get the note or else the claim may expire. She doesn't necessarily need more hours in between claims, as long she had 600+ hours in the year before applying. No 2nd waiting period of there's still time to convert it.
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Mar 4, 2018
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QuickQuestions04 wrote:
May 19th, 2018 10:38 pm
Hi Everyone!

I am having a hard time figuring out if I am eligible for EI this coming summer. I am employed under a 10 month contract that ends July 1 2018. I work a full 35 hours a week currently. I have been offered a 12 month contact starting September 1 2018 with the same company. Between those 2 dates they have said I can fill in a couple days/ a week in July for people taking vacation.

In March 2018 I started taking courses online full-time as well (I have been so busy and have no life). I received OSAP in March and will receive a second instalment in July.

Am I eligible for EI even though I will be working here and there throughout the summer, and I am in school online. I am more than willing to work full time all summer if that option becomes available to me.

Thank you for any help!

To qualify you need to have a record of employment from you company stating the reason why you no longer work there. By the sounds of it, they should be issuing one to you with "end of contract"/"layoff" listed as reason you aren't working there anymore. If you have a break of atleast 7 days of not working for them, you are legally entitled to a ROE, even if you work casual days with them moving forward.

Your schooling question will be need to be evaluated. Do the questionnaire online here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-soc ... g.html#are and submit it to them. Getting EI while in any sort of training has certain criteria that need to be met.
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May 21, 2018
1 posts
I am looking for some information regarding EI Sickness Benefits in Newfoundland and I figured this would be a good place to start.

My son, Nick, works in a job that requires him to stand for 9-10 hours a day, with few breaks. Nick has an ongoing knee condition that is making it increasingly difficult to stand for extended periods of time. A couple of years ago, the pain Nick was experiencing in his knee was so bad that his doctor took him off work. In Newfoundland, the maximum number of weeks an individual is entitled to EI Sickness Benefits is 15. When the 15 week period ended, his doctor recomended that he return to work but not in the same position as before. Since the company had no other position to offer him, he applied for regular EI benefits and he was approved. His benefits ended in October 2017 after having received a combined 55 weeks of Sickness & Regular EI benefits. During that time, he applied for multiple job listings where he could sit and not have to stand for extended periods. He didn't even get an interview. I guess he doesn't exactly fit the clerical profile. At this point, Nick was taking medication that greatly reduced the pain in his knee and increased his mobility. Like most of us, Nick has bills to pay and when he approached his previous employer about returning to work, they were happy to welcome him back.

From November to December 2017, Nick worked 5 to 6 days a week, 9-10 hour days, standing on his feet with few breaks and he was feeling good. By January 2018, Nicks medication wasn't working as well and by March, he was again in extreme pain. He is currently still working but I honestly don't know how. He has been prescribed 3 different medications for pain in the last 2 months but nothing helps. He is currently waiting to see 2 different specialists and no one knows how long it will take to get his pain medication regulated again.

Now that you have background information, here are my questions:
1) Since my son has already been taken off work due to this condition, will he have trouble receiving EI Sickness Benefits, again, if the doctor decides to take him off work or if his knee locks up and he has no other choice but to stop working?
2) My son's vacation pay is banked and he can request to have it payed out at any time, even without taking vacation time. He would like to pay off a couple of bills and is thinking about requesting his vacation pay next week. That means, he would receive his vacation pay on Tuesday, May 29, for the week of May 20 - 26. I am wondering how receiving his vacation pay now will affect his EI sick benefits if he has no other choice but to take time off work in a few weeks? Nick has already said that he will continue to work until he can no longer bare the pain, but to be honest, he is at that point now. I know that receiving his vacation pay on his last cheque would extend his waiting period. His weekly gross pay is approximately $485. His vacation pay should be about $450 at this point. So, instead of a 1 week waiting period he would have 2 weeks, but as far as I understand, the vacation pay would be taken into account when calculating his weekly benefit amount. How does it work if Nick requests his vacation pay now but he works for another few weeks?

Sorry for the long message but any information that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Newbie
May 22, 2018
1 posts
I was off work for since January due to a knee surgery. I have been back at work since April 30th but have been returning gradually with part time hours, increasing every other week. I'm filling out my first claim now. I'm just curious about the question regarding being "ready and willing to work." Do I continue to answer "no" until I am full-time?
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May 22, 2018
1 posts
Hello everyone! I am looking for the advice. Please somebody help. Sorry for grammar errors. I really don't know who I can ask for help. That's why I am writing here.

In October 2017 I was fired. The misconduct was not serious, however, the employer decided to terminate the contract without giving me any warnings. I applied for EI benefits where I described everything in all details, providing the agency with all possible information regarding my case. I didn't lie, I was honest!

The agency called my former employer two times. The employer didn't respond and the agency aproved me for benefits. I was getting benefits for 3 month Dec, Jan, Feb. Eventually I found job and let them know that I am OK now.

Today an agent called and she said that I have to return all money I collected over these three month. Because at the beginning of January, my employer sent them the letter with the official reason why I was fired.

However, I provided them with the same reason and complete description of my case in November before they approved me for benefits, where I honestly told the whole story from the beginning to the end.

Now they are asking for money back.

Guys, what should I do in this case?

Thank you!
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May 22, 2018
1 posts
My claim has been under review for almost 6 weeks now because...

A year ago I was registered with a staffing agency and told them I was looking for permanent full time work. When I interviewed with one of their clients I asked the client if the position was a direct hire (permanent, full time). The answer was yes. The interview the client decided they wanted to bring me in on contract for one month first, and then hire me on afterwards (there was some confusion between the person who I interviewed with and the manager who would do the hiring). I reluctantly agree to these terms because it was a reputable, stable company with decent pay and benefits. (I'm in my mid 50's. My husband and I don't have any retirement savings or insurances, so if something ever happens to him I need to be able to take care of myself financially.) Shortly after starting I received a contract from the agency stating a 3 month term. I questioned this and was told 'it was just a formality'. After the month or so had passed the client wanted to continue with the contract but said they were still going to hire me. I asked the agency what was going on and was told it would just be a little longer. I again reluctantly agreed. After a few more weeks had passed the client wanted to continue on even further with the contract. I then refused to continue since while on contract the agency was not considering me for any other permanent full time placements they had available, and I felt I was being mislead by the client. Within four months of leaving this contract, the agency had placed me at a client that did hire me on directly. Unfortunately this position was eliminated so I had to file another EI claim.

The problem is that the agency recorded the reason I left the first client as 'quit' on my ROE. I explained this all to the investigator but she said she still had to list it as 'quit' but my case would be reviewed to determine if I left for just cause. She asked me if I would have stayed with this client if they had hired me. My answer was 'yes. because that was the whole point of accepting this agreement with them in the first place'.

As a note... at the time I accepted this arrangement I was registered with several agencies, had submitted numerous applications and was interviewing regularly. I felt this was a good opportunity for a long term job that would keep me out of the employment insurance system... it just wasn't working out that way. I also explained this to the investigator.

My questions are:

1) Was leaving in order to pursue permanent employment considered just cause?
2) Who can I speak with to find out if any progress is being made on my claim? I've tried calling the toll free number but they tell me they don't have any more information than what I can see online.
3) How much longer should I give this investigation before I contact local MP? (We're hanging on by a financial thread, have been served a 14 day notice for not being able to pay our rent on time and are in danger of being evicted... our landlord has been understanding but is losing his patience.)
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Cika2112 wrote:
May 24th, 2018 12:15 am
My claim has been under review for almost 6 weeks now because...

A year ago I was registered with a staffing agency and told them I was looking for permanent full time work. When I interviewed with one of their clients I asked the client if the position was a direct hire (permanent, full time). The answer was yes. The interview the client decided they wanted to bring me in on contract for one month first, and then hire me on afterwards (there was some confusion between the person who I interviewed with and the manager who would do the hiring). I reluctantly agree to these terms because it was a reputable, stable company with decent pay and benefits. (I'm in my mid 50's. My husband and I don't have any retirement savings or insurances, so if something ever happens to him I need to be able to take care of myself financially.) Shortly after starting I received a contract from the agency stating a 3 month term. I questioned this and was told 'it was just a formality'. After the month or so had passed the client wanted to continue with the contract but said they were still going to hire me. I asked the agency what was going on and was told it would just be a little longer. I again reluctantly agreed. After a few more weeks had passed the client wanted to continue on even further with the contract. I then refused to continue since while on contract the agency was not considering me for any other permanent full time placements they had available, and I felt I was being mislead by the client. Within four months of leaving this contract, the agency had placed me at a client that did hire me on directly. Unfortunately this position was eliminated so I had to file another EI claim.

The problem is that the agency recorded the reason I left the first client as 'quit' on my ROE. I explained this all to the investigator but she said she still had to list it as 'quit' but my case would be reviewed to determine if I left for just cause. She asked me if I would have stayed with this client if they had hired me. My answer was 'yes. because that was the whole point of accepting this agreement with them in the first place'.

As a note... at the time I accepted this arrangement I was registered with several agencies, had submitted numerous applications and was interviewing regularly. I felt this was a good opportunity for a long term job that would keep me out of the employment insurance system... it just wasn't working out that way. I also explained this to the investigator.

My questions are:

1) Was leaving in order to pursue permanent employment considered just cause?
2) Who can I speak with to find out if any progress is being made on my claim? I've tried calling the toll free number but they tell me they don't have any more information than what I can see online.
3) How much longer should I give this investigation before I contact local MP? (We're hanging on by a financial thread, have been served a 14 day notice for not being able to pay our rent on time and are in danger of being evicted... our landlord has been understanding but is losing his patience.)
How long did you work for the second client on permanent basis before the job was eliminated? If you got the required number of hours to collect EI then I don't find anything to worry if they mention you quit on your first client.
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Mar 4, 2018
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Sandiee wrote:
May 22nd, 2018 7:23 pm
I am looking for some information regarding EI Sickness Benefits in Newfoundland and I figured this would be a good place to start.

My son, Nick, works in a job that requires him to stand for 9-10 hours a day, with few breaks. Nick has an ongoing knee condition that is making it increasingly difficult to stand for extended periods of time. A couple of years ago, the pain Nick was experiencing in his knee was so bad that his doctor took him off work. In Newfoundland, the maximum number of weeks an individual is entitled to EI Sickness Benefits is 15. When the 15 week period ended, his doctor recomended that he return to work but not in the same position as before. Since the company had no other position to offer him, he applied for regular EI benefits and he was approved. His benefits ended in October 2017 after having received a combined 55 weeks of Sickness & Regular EI benefits. During that time, he applied for multiple job listings where he could sit and not have to stand for extended periods. He didn't even get an interview. I guess he doesn't exactly fit the clerical profile. At this point, Nick was taking medication that greatly reduced the pain in his knee and increased his mobility. Like most of us, Nick has bills to pay and when he approached his previous employer about returning to work, they were happy to welcome him back.

From November to December 2017, Nick worked 5 to 6 days a week, 9-10 hour days, standing on his feet with few breaks and he was feeling good. By January 2018, Nicks medication wasn't working as well and by March, he was again in extreme pain. He is currently still working but I honestly don't know how. He has been prescribed 3 different medications for pain in the last 2 months but nothing helps. He is currently waiting to see 2 different specialists and no one knows how long it will take to get his pain medication regulated again.

Now that you have background information, here are my questions:
1) Since my son has already been taken off work due to this condition, will he have trouble receiving EI Sickness Benefits, again, if the doctor decides to take him off work or if his knee locks up and he has no other choice but to stop working?
2) My son's vacation pay is banked and he can request to have it payed out at any time, even without taking vacation time. He would like to pay off a couple of bills and is thinking about requesting his vacation pay next week. That means, he would receive his vacation pay on Tuesday, May 29, for the week of May 20 - 26. I am wondering how receiving his vacation pay now will affect his EI sick benefits if he has no other choice but to take time off work in a few weeks? Nick has already said that he will continue to work until he can no longer bare the pain, but to be honest, he is at that point now. I know that receiving his vacation pay on his last cheque would extend his waiting period. His weekly gross pay is approximately $485. His vacation pay should be about $450 at this point. So, instead of a 1 week waiting period he would have 2 weeks, but as far as I understand, the vacation pay would be taken into account when calculating his weekly benefit amount. How does it work if Nick requests his vacation pay now but he works for another few weeks?

Sorry for the long message but any information that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
If he has acquired 600 hours of work in the past year or since the start date of his previous EI claim, then he will qualify for sickness benefits again.

If he takes his vacation pay and continues to work, it will increase his average weekly earnings slightly, which may result in a bigger benefit rate. If he gets his vacation paid when leaving his employer, then like you said, it will potentially delay his first payment from EI. The choice is his based on his financial and health needs. Of course the doctor will have to write a note.

Just a couple side notes. The waiting period is always 1 week... it can just get delayed if there are things like vacation payout at severance. Also, EI is a federal program... just thought I'd mention that because you said "...in NFLD..."
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Mar 4, 2018
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username4321 wrote:
May 23rd, 2018 4:30 pm
I was off work for since January due to a knee surgery. I have been back at work since April 30th but have been returning gradually with part time hours, increasing every other week. I'm filling out my first claim now. I'm just curious about the question regarding being "ready and willing to work." Do I continue to answer "no" until I am full-time?
Are you currently on EI sickness benefits?
Your question concerning the "ready, willing, capable of working": you should answer truthfully, which in your case sounds like the answer is "no".
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Mar 4, 2018
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assaazzaxxx wrote:
May 23rd, 2018 9:57 pm
Hello everyone! I am looking for the advice. Please somebody help. Sorry for grammar errors. I really don't know who I can ask for help. That's why I am writing here.

In October 2017 I was fired. The misconduct was not serious, however, the employer decided to terminate the contract without giving me any warnings. I applied for EI benefits where I described everything in all details, providing the agency with all possible information regarding my case. I didn't lie, I was honest!

The agency called my former employer two times. The employer didn't respond and the agency aproved me for benefits. I was getting benefits for 3 month Dec, Jan, Feb. Eventually I found job and let them know that I am OK now.

Today an agent called and she said that I have to return all money I collected over these three month. Because at the beginning of January, my employer sent them the letter with the official reason why I was fired.

However, I provided them with the same reason and complete description of my case in November before they approved me for benefits, where I honestly told the whole story from the beginning to the end.

Now they are asking for money back.

Guys, what should I do in this case?

Thank you!
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Aug 16, 2016
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First of all let me commend and congratulate the posters and moderators, on this board, and this thread in particular. To be financially insecure and not well connected puts people in a situation of never ending poverty and misery. Employment Insurance payouts are essential for many people like me. I hope I can get some advice for my situation. I had to go on sick leave in May of 2017 and because I don't have family here, left to go abroad for about 4 months. I am sure the stress of the previous job caused me to fall ill. Returning to that place is not an option.

I filed for EI in October on my return to the country, and the claim was backdated on the advice of the EI agent I spoke with. So it was backdated and although it took several months to go through, I was able to receive sickness benefits which allowed me time to recover. I went on regular benefits, based on the original sickness claim, in February after a few weeks of back and forth with the EI office. The agent I spoke with told me that there would be an administrative interruption in June but there wasn't cause for concern because I would receive 45 weeks of regular benefits. The agent knew I was being migrated from sickness to regular benefits and that my claim had been backdated.

However a few weeks ago, I spoke with a couple of agents who told me my regular benefits would be terminated in early June because a claim can only run one year, and that I would have to reapply to be considered for further EI regular benefits. Because I haven't been working in the past year, I don't have insurable hours and won't be eligible for a new claim.

My question is: am I eligible for continued regular benefits? It seems harsh the claim will be ended well before the full number of weeks I am eligible for regular benefits. Does EI count sickness benefits week and regular benefits as part of a total number they will pay out?

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