Employment Insurance Benefits

Eligibility for employment insurance has three rules:

  1. you must go without work or pay for at least seven consecutive days;
  2. you must have worked enough hours during the qualifying period; and
  3. you must suffer an interruption of earnings through no fault of your own.

In many situations, employees who have been constructively dismissed or wrongfully dismissed have difficulty obtaining employment insurance benefits, given their former employer’s characterization of their departure.  In these situations, your application for benefits is critical, as a government officer will assess how you have described the reasons for your departure, in determining whether to grant you benefits.  For this reason, it can be helpful to consult with an employment lawyer, who can assist you in filling out your application for benefits.

Read our employment law articles about Employment Insurance Benefits for more information.