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43,000 (part-time) jobs created in Canada in January 2010

Statisics Canada released its Labour Force Survery for January 2010 yesterday. The key employment stats are:

Nationally  read more »

"The economic downturn and changes in the Employment Insurance benefits program "

Published in Labour and Employment Law Perspective: The CBA National Labour and Employment Law Section Newsletter (January 2010)

One of the most high profile responses by the federal government to the economic downturn that commenced in October 2008 was a series of reforms to the Employment Insurance (“EI”) benefits program that were announced as part of the 2009 federal budget.1

This article outlines the context in which the EI reforms were announced, then provides a brief overview of the reforms and concludes with a more detailed review of three of the reforms that will be of interest to the employer and self-employed communities.

The political, labour market and jurisprudence backdrop   

The EI reforms were announced in January 2009 in a highly charged federal political environment, as the opposition parties were threatening to topple the minority Conservative government if it did not take action in relation to the EI benefits program.  read more »

Towers Watson releases "Government Benefits Update 2010" for Canada

Towers Watson (formerly Watson Wyatt), which offers a variety of professional services inclduing in relation to employee benefits, has released its "Government Benefits Update 2010". It is an annual publication that provides a very useful overview of key government benefits in Canada. The specific benefits covered are:  read more »

"Fairness for the Self-Employed Act" will allow self-employed to collect maternity, parental and other special EI benefits

As expected, the Conservative government introduced legislation today - the Fairness for the Self-Employed Act  - that will allow self-employed individuals to opt into the employment insurance plan and collect maternity, parental, sickness and compassionate-care leave benefits.

CBC News has a story here. The federal government's news release is here.

Legislation to be introduced to allow self-employed access to maternity and parental EI benefits

The federal government will be introducing legislation tomorrow that will allow self-employed individuals access to maternity and parental leave benefits under the Employment Insurance program, according to this Globe and Mail story.

Conservatives introduce bill that would expand scope of employment insurance coverage

The Conservative Party introduced Bill C-50 today which, if passed, will temporarily expand the scope of employment insurance coverage in Canada. As set out in the Bill's summary:

This enactment amends the Employment Insurance Act until September 11, 2010 to increase the maximum number of weeks for which benefits may be paid to certain claimants. It also increases the maximum number of weeks for which benefits may be paid to certain claimants not in Canada.

The NDP Party initially supported the Bill, and the government, but according to this story in the Globe and Mail, they are now having second thoughts.

"Director and Officer Liability in Insolvent Circumstances"

Vancouver lawyer Aaron B. Singer has written a paper on, "Director and Officer Liability in Insolvent Circumstances".

The paper addresses, "the potential liabilities of directors and officers, examine director and officer liability insurance, and discuss possible ways that directors can limit their potential personal liability during insolvency." Of particular note, it reviews the applicable employment law statutes and pension and employment insurance law statutes.

Employment Insurance figures in for January 2009

Statistics Canada released the January 2009 Employment Insurance figures today. According to the agency, the number of people receiving regular EI benefits across Canada increased by 23,700 (4.4%) from December 2008. The total number of people receiving regular benefits in Canada in Janaury was 560,400.

As it relates to BC:

  • there were 56,100 beneficiaries in January, up 4,630 (9.0%) from December 2008.
  • compared to January 2008, there was an increase of 18,120 (47.7%) beneficiaries.

As it relates to Vancouver:

  • the number of beneficiaries in January 2009 was 26,020, up from 16,790 in January 2008. This is an increase of 9,230 or 55.0%.

New rules for Records of Employment submitted electronically by employers

Effective today, there are some new rules in place for Records of Employment submitted electronically by employers to Services Canada through its online services. You can read about the new rules here.