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User030150 wrote:
Aug 23rd, 2017 12:54 pm
Hi
thanks very much for this thread
it will be my first claim to EI , I am 55 and I have read many posts to try to understand EI , as the government web is not clear at all
I have some points and I need to make sure my understanding is right
1) vacation pay and severance package must be allocated to weeks prior to starting EI , ....it will not affect my EI number of weeks or the weekly amount paid to me ... it will cause only delay
2) Pension Lump sum that will go to locked LIRA that I will not touch until 3 years later, .....it will not affect my EI number of weeks or the weekly amount paid to me ... no Delay
3) Pension Lump sum that is paid cash must be also allocated to weeks prior to starting EI , ..... it will not affect my EI number of weeks or the weekly amount paid to me .... it will cause only delay
4) the EI 52 weeks Limit will start only when I start getting EI and EI end date EI will be 52 weeks from the start of the receiving the EI not from the date of filling the claim, that is why it is important to report all Monies before I start the collecting EI
when I apply the above to my case ... I lost my job at the end of Jan 2017, vacation and severance monies allocation will take me to end of Sept 2017, then the Pension Lump sum Cash allocation will take me to the end of Feb 2018 , that means I will start my EI weeks March 2018 for 36 week and it will take me Nov 2018 , the start date of EI will be Mach 2018 and the end Date will be Feb 2019
the Pension Lump sum that is in Locked LIRA will not affect anything but I have to report it
am I right on all the above ? , please explain if I am wrong
1) yes
2) yes
3) yes
4) I hope you have applied fir EI by now, if not, apply now and ask for antedate (backdate your claim). Despite not able to receive benefits, Service Canada still want you to apply ASAP. As you stop working at end of Jan 2017, your benefit period will end at the end of Jan 2019 at the latest.

In your case, vacation/severance allocation is from Feb - Sept 2017, pension lump sum cash Oct 2017-Feb 2018. You serve 2 week waiting period and then start getting benefits for 36 weeks. Your benefit will exhaust in Nov 2018 but if you decide to take vacation in the summer, you can suspend your claim temporarily but your claim will expire at end of January 2019.
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OrcaWhale wrote:
Aug 26th, 2017 12:51 pm
I am a veteran and, after many years, I find myself on EI. Recently, I learned that I may be entitled to compensation for a disability I incurred as a result of my military service. I am worried about the final question in my EI filing that asks “Is there any other money that you have not previously told us about that you will receive or are about to receive for the period of this report?” It looks like I will have to report the funds. Can you please advise me as to implications for my ongoing claim if I do receive the money?
My understanding is that if the disability payment is the result from past employment (not related to the current claim), you will be fine. As the money is not employment related, you don't have to report it.

However please verify with official Service Canada rep.
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Mindlesstrance wrote:
Aug 26th, 2017 3:32 pm
Hi. I am currently receiving EI and managed to find part time work. The owners of the company I've been working for have decided to get out of the business. Because the company in question was a franchised one, another company came in and offered all employees the chance to continue working there on the same schedule and at the same pay rate.

While all of this was happening it's been very stressful. Due to the uncertainty of whether I'd even have a job anymore I managed to find another part time job. After working at this new job it's offering me slightly more hours than the previous one.

Will the fact I got another part time job affect me getting my EI payments? The owners that shut their company down issued me an ROE today and the reason for leaving is "K - other. Business changed hands"

Do I need to call anyone or can this be dealt with online when I file my report next week? I believe there's a question asking if I no longer work for an employer but not sure if answering yes gives me the ability to explain why. If I can explain why online then will that delay any payment because I assume someone has to manually verify it?

Thanks.
Well, in theory, if the only ROE issued is the one from the current employer with reason code K - other, then there is nothing to worry about. As long as the new employer doesn't issue a ROE, Service Canada will not know you changed job.

The correct action is obviously to report you quit the job after finding the other one. Your payment will be suspended while Service Canada review the circumstances. So be prepared to be without EI benefits for a few weeks. And yes someone will have to manually review the reasons for quitting.
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LameCinnamon wrote:
Aug 28th, 2017 4:54 pm
Hi, EI just denied my claim saying i only have 596 hours from their calculations while my employer has 610 insured hours.

What can i do about this?

Thanks
find a short term assignment from a staffing agency. After the assignment is over, ask for a ROE and that should bump your hours over the threshold.
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aznblade wrote:
Aug 29th, 2017 12:03 am
just wondering if i need to be detailed when filling out the job search form for the sessions like the companies names when applying to jobs or can i just put down 'i applied to x amount of x jobs in this x job board' ?
If you are the interviewer, are you going to trust this person who said this?
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b166er1337 wrote:
Aug 29th, 2017 10:18 am
If you are the interviewer, are you going to trust this person who said this?
probably not. i have no idea as it's my first time going to these sessions and filling out the form. also, i didn't realize they would interview you?
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aznblade wrote:
Aug 29th, 2017 2:03 pm
probably not. i have no idea as it's my first time going to these sessions and filling out the form. also, i didn't realize they would interview you?
Just keep a track from now on. You wont need much: Position applied, date, how (email / Indeed / Linked in)...etc
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b166er1337 wrote:
Aug 29th, 2017 9:50 am
As long as your old claim has not expired, you can simply reapply online without the ROE to reactivate the claim.
Thanks! My old claim has not yet expired so I will go ahead and reapply. When checking my service Canada account, I am still able to fill out EI reports for the old claim. Does this mean it never became unactive? The last report I filed was for up until March 4th. Should if indicate anywhere on the website that the claim is no longer active ?
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Hey everyone, I have a question for anyone who may have run into this issue.

I've looked everywhere online and even called numerous government numbers to no avail. If you're self employed and opt into paying your own EI premiums, are you able to collect regular EI or only special benefits?

I was in a position where I was in dire need of employment and found myself working company that has me filed as being an independent contractor, I'm under contract for 40hrs a week.
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92coreilly wrote:
Aug 30th, 2017 2:51 am
Thanks! My old claim has not yet expired so I will go ahead and reapply. When checking my service Canada account, I am still able to fill out EI reports for the old claim. Does this mean it never became unactive? The last report I filed was for up until March 4th. Should if indicate anywhere on the website that the claim is no longer active ?
That's funny. If you don't file reports after 4 weeks, your claim is suspended and you have to reapply. Anyway, if you get paid without reactivation, then koodos to you.
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Elizabethxox wrote:
Aug 30th, 2017 10:30 pm
Hey everyone, I have a question for anyone who may have run into this issue.

I've looked everywhere online and even called numerous government numbers to no avail. If you're self employed and opt into paying your own EI premiums, are you able to collect regular EI or only special benefits?

I was in a position where I was in dire need of employment and found myself working company that has me filed as being an independent contractor, I'm under contract for 40hrs a week.
If you have a set schedule (9-5), have clearly outlined responsibilities, has a supervisor and don't control own hours, it's likely you are classified as a regular employee rather than self employment
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Hello, I'd like to know whether my friend is eligible for EI in her situation.

She is currently working full time at a pharmacy. Last year she decided to pursue the technician program. She applied to the program and has since been accepted. School will start next week. When she applied last year, she notified her manager about her plans and that her schedule will change if she gets into the program. The manager said that will be fine. A couple of months ago, it was confirmed she would be accepted into the program. It is a full-time program, monday to friday for 9 months. She talked to her manager and they both agreed she will work every other Saturday when school starts. He told her to write him an official email requesting the schedule change and to explicitly state she would be changing from full time to a part-time casual position. They also agreed, whenever possible she would work more Saturdays. She would then go back to full time when school ends.

Supposedly, her last day of work would be this Friday before going to part-time casual. She checked her schedule today and noticed she wasn't on the schedule for any upcoming Saturdays. She talked to her manager and reminded him about what they agreed on. He briefly told her she would basically be fired and given an ROE. This came from nowhere and she is now worried and scared. First of all, she hasn't done anything wrong for them to fire her. Second of all, could they not have told her earlier so she could at least have tried to look for another part time job?? If she didn't go talk to her manager today, she probably wouldn't have found out until after she lost her job. (in between that email and today, they have talked about the schedule changes; as the company is also losing some other people for maternity leave, school, job changes in september; so he could have told her earlier if he didn't want to keep her). The manager has accommodated other people with school before.

If she can't keep the job she is thinking of asking him to lay her off instead - they did lay off several people a month or two ago even though they are shortstaffed already. She still wants a reference from this company for the future and wouldn't want to burn bridges....

Question is, is she in any way eligible for EI in this situation? I have heard that people usually can't if they are attending school. however she is willing to work weekends, hence the agreement above. Would her getting fired / laid off affect her case? Would she be compensated in any way?

Thank you!
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woofie108 wrote:
Aug 31st, 2017 10:44 am
Hello, I'd like to know whether my friend is eligible for EI in her situation.

She is currently working full time at a pharmacy. Last year she decided to pursue the technician program. She applied to the program and has since been accepted. School will start next week. When she applied last year, she notified her manager about her plans and that her schedule will change if she gets into the program. The manager said that will be fine. A couple of months ago, it was confirmed she would be accepted into the program. It is a full-time program, monday to friday for 9 months. She talked to her manager and they both agreed she will work every other Saturday when school starts. He told her to write him an official email requesting the schedule change and to explicitly state she would be changing from full time to a part-time casual position. They also agreed, whenever possible she would work more Saturdays. She would then go back to full time when school ends.

Supposedly, her last day of work would be this Friday before going to part-time casual. She checked her schedule today and noticed she wasn't on the schedule for any upcoming Saturdays. She talked to her manager and reminded him about what they agreed on. He briefly told her she would basically be fired and given an ROE. This came from nowhere and she is now worried and scared. First of all, she hasn't done anything wrong for them to fire her. Second of all, could they not have told her earlier so she could at least have tried to look for another part time job?? If she didn't go talk to her manager today, she probably wouldn't have found out until after she lost her job. (in between that email and today, they have talked about the schedule changes; as the company is also losing some other people for maternity leave, school, job changes in september; so he could have told her earlier if he didn't want to keep her). The manager has accommodated other people with school before.

If she can't keep the job she is thinking of asking him to lay her off instead - they did lay off several people a month or two ago even though they are shortstaffed already. She still wants a reference from this company for the future and wouldn't want to burn bridges....

Question is, is she in any way eligible for EI in this situation? I have heard that people usually can't if they are attending school. however she is willing to work weekends, hence the agreement above. Would her getting fired / laid off affect her case? Would she be compensated in any way?

Thank you!
Regardless she quit, fired or was laid off, she is in a full time school training program, which renders her not available. In order to receive regular benefits, claimant has to be available and actively looking for full time work.
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Elizabethxox wrote:
Aug 30th, 2017 10:30 pm
Hey everyone, I have a question for anyone who may have run into this issue.

I've looked everywhere online and even called numerous government numbers to no avail. If you're self employed and opt into paying your own EI premiums, are you able to collect regular EI or only special benefits?

I was in a position where I was in dire need of employment and found myself working company that has me filed as being an independent contractor, I'm under contract for 40hrs a week.
If you're self employed, even though you're probably not like b166er said, you'd only be eligible for special benefits if you opt into the program.
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Hello I have to submit reports bi weekly or so for EI payments

If I miss a report, does that mean I lose out on the earnings from that period but I'm still able to make a report after that
For instance I miss a report for weeks 1 & 2, but I'm still able to make a report for weeks 3 & 4?

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