SillyRabbit14 wrote: ↑Nov 9th, 2016 10:19 amAny update on?
Thanks in advance
I am new member to this forum and have been reading up tremendously on a lot of the information provided. It is very useful and I thank all of you in advance for your contribution. I have a specific situation that is related to Employment Insurance and I am hoping that my situation can be clarified by someone on this site. Here it is:
I was let go by my employer over a month ago due to a lack of work. According to Service Canada, I have way more than enough insurable hours and it was recently confirmed that I eligible to receive employment insurance while I find new employment.
On Friday evenings after work, I usually drive to Vermont to see my girlfriends family (They have a cottage in Vermont and live in Canada). We stay until Sunday afternoon, so I am always back for Monday. I am serious about finding new employment and will definitely be working regular working hours to find something (I.e Monday to Friday). I spoke to a Service Canada Agent and he gave me information that based on the fact that I am going to Visit Friends and Family and will be out of the country for less than 24hours (weekends don't count), I should be fine. I will notify service Canada each time before I cross the border, I.e most Fridays.
Question 1: Will I lose out on benefits for Friday if I cross the border in the evening and return Sunday.
Question 2: Will Service Canada flag me and remove my benefits as a whole if I am leaving Canada most Friday evenings (i.e 3/4 weekends in any given month)
Question 3: Is there a specific time that I should cross the border? When I was working, we usually would cross the border around 6-7 pm as I'd leave straight from work and already have all of our stuff packed.
Question 4: For the purpose of having to leave the country, are we allowed to work hours different than the normal (i.e different than the regular 9am-5pm). For example: Am I able to work (8am-4pm or 7am-3pm) on a Friday to avoid Traffic at the border?
Question 5: In Vermont, I have access to phone, internet and I always bring a laptop. If the 24 hour rule does apply (Based on the fact that I am visiting friends and family), If I leave earlier on a Friday and tell service canada that I will be working on finding a new during the day in Vermont, will I lose benefits? Technically If I crossed the border at noon, worked in Vermont looking for employment in Canada and came back Sunday, I wouldn't be over the 24hour rule.
I go most weekends and I don't want to be paid if I may have to repay these amounts (Plus interest) in the future. With that being said, I want to follow the rules exactly, I am just a bit worried that I will be paid for each Friday now and notified a year or two down the road that I owe each Friday back.
Thank you in advance for your responses.
I would be interested in clseea's assessment of your situation. I know that I went to the States on a Friday evening after 7 pm and stayed til the following Sunday. When I filed my report online I got a message to call Service Canada which I did. The representative for Service Canada advised me that I was not entitled to benefits for the week I was away plus the Friday. Her reasoning was that I was not available for work as I was absent from Canada. I told her any job I had in the past was a day job and that is the type of job where I would normally go to the States after work on a Friday at times. She said it didn't matter how long I was away on the Friday and denied payment for that day. She said I could appeal it if I wanted and the appeal would go to a different agent to review for their assessment. I was quite surprised at this response and decided to appeal it on principle. I wrote the appeal and submitted it. The finding on this appeal was that I was available for work, but because that the EI Act didn't allow payment (except in special circumstances) if a person is outside Canada on that day. The letter outlined a further appeal process at a hearing, which if held would be 100 km from where I live and I would be responsible for any costs incurred. At this point I accepted that bureaucratic rules had won over feeling that this was unfair an just dropped the matter, so I lost one day of benefits for being out of the country 5 hours on a Friday evening. I would be interested in knowing if that is common interpretation of how the regulations are interpretated at Service Canada for a situation like this, or was it just an interpretation by a two different agents, that another agent may have allowed.