The Federal government has updated its Q&A Page on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”), confirming that registered Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (“SUB”) plans cannot be used in conjunction with the CERB. Registered SUB Plans SUB plans permit an employer to increase employees’ weekly earnings when they are unemployed due to a temporary shortage or stoppage of work. Payments from SUB plans that are registered with Service Canada are not considered earnings and are not deducted from Employment Insurance (“EI”) benefits. Many employers may be familiar with SUB plans for the purpose of an employer providing a “top-up” to employees…This entry was posted in Government Support Measures.
Over the past number of weeks, the Canadian government has announced various economic measures intended to stabilize the economy, provide individual financial support to workers and support businesses experiencing financial uncertainty in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. We had previously advised Focus readers on the introduction of one of these measures – the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (see COVID-19 Emergency Response Act Receives Royal Assent), a program which was officially launched this morning. On April 1, 2020 additional details regarding the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (the “CERB”) were announced, finally providing some clarity on a number of issues, including…This entry was posted in Government Support Measures and tagged Government Support Measures.
On August 20, 2020, the Federal government released the details of the anticipated winding down of the temporary Canada Emergency Response Benefit (or “CERB”) program. The CERB program, which we have covered in depth in earlier Focus Alerts, was launched on April 6 in order to provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 per month for workers who stopped working for reasons related to COVID-19 and was most recently extended for a maximum duration of 28 weeks. That being said, workers whose employment continues to be impacted by the pandemic and who continue to require financial support beyond the end of…This entry was posted in Government Support Measures, Return to Work & School.
On March 18, 2020, the federal government announced several economic measures to support workers and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, including income support measures for employees and a wage subsidy program to support businesses. Since then, details and changes to both programs have been announced gradually, leading to confusion amongst employers and employees alike. Even as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) launched last week, and the wage subsidy program was legislated over the weekend, we know many are still left with questions. Join Kecia Podetz and Erica Bennett in a live webcast as they explain both the CERB and…
Since the initial launch of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (or “CERB”) on March 25, 2020, it became increasingly clear that there were significant gaps in coverage within the existing program. For example, workers whose hours were significantly reduced but who were still earning some income or workers who lost one but not all of their part-time jobs were initially not eligible for the CERB. On April 15th, in an effort to fill those gaps and to extend support to people who were still working but seeing a significant financial loss, and to those working in the gig economy, the…This entry was posted in Government Support Measures.
On March 25, 2020, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act (Bill C-13) received Royal Assent. The legislation outlines broad amendments and measures to address wide-ranging economic and other issues arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have included below some of the key provisions that are most relevant for employers. Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act enacts the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act (the “Act”), to provide for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This benefit replaces both the Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit previously announced by the Government of Canada…This entry was posted in EI Benefits, Focus Alerts, Government Support Measures, New, Sick Leave and Leaves of Absence.
In a previous Focus Alert, we discussed the creation and implementation of the temporary new “Leave Related to COVID-19” (or “COVID-19 Leave”) for federally regulated employees subject to the application of the Canada Labour Code. Initially, COVID-19 Leave was subject to a maximum duration of 16 weeks during which an eligible employee could benefit from an unpaid, job-protected leave of absence in the event that they were not able or not available to work for reasons related to COVID-19. The reasoning behind the maximum duration of the COVID-19 Leave was that it would align with the maximum duration of the…This entry was posted in Government Support Measures, Sick Leave and Leaves of Absence.