New EI rules could force unemployed into jobs they don’t want
OTTAWA— From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 03, 2012 7:53PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, May. 03, 2012 7:55PM EDT
Conservative legislation restricting access to EI benefits risks forcing people into jobs they don’t want, but a national business group says employers will accept those headaches if it means fewer labour shortages.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is praising measures contained in the federal budget implementation bill that removes long-standing legal reasons for Canadians on Employment Insurance to reject certain jobs.
“We think it’s completely appropriate for government to give employees a bit of a nudge to get back into the labour force,” said Dan Kelly, the CFIB’s vice-president of legislative affairs.
The government’s sweeping budget implementation bill contains changes to EI that have never been formally announced or explained by the government. The budget bill would remove provisions of the Employment Insurance Act that allow EI recipients to turn down an available job if it is not in the claimant’s usual occupation, is at a lower rate of pay or involves “conditions less favourable than those … recognized by good employers.”
A spokesperson for Human Resources Minister Diane Finley said Thursday these conditions are being moved “from legislation to regulation.” That means cabinet can define the rules later without parliamentary approval.
Debate over the 425-page budget bill heated up Thursday after the government passed a motion to limit House of Commons debate on the measures.................http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/pol ... nt=2422102