December 14th - 2009

Self-employed may soon qualify for EI benefits

The Conservative government has introduced a bill to extend Employment Insurance (EI) special benefits, such as maternity and compassionate care leave, to the self-employed for the first time.

The Conservative government has introduced a bill to extend Employment Insurance (EI) special benefits, such as maternity and compassionate care leave, to the self-employed for the first time. If passed by Parliament, the Fairness for the Self-Employed Act will allow self-employed workers to opt in to EI's special benefits, currently only available to employed workers. The new legislation would provide maternity benefits (up to 15 weeks), parental and adoptive benefits (up to 35 weeks), sickness benefits (up to 15 weeks), and compassionate care benefits (up to six weeks). For more information visit www.news.gc.ca and search for “EI benefits.”

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