Employment Insurance Appeal Decisions Favourable to Workers

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The " Employment Insurance Appeal Decisions Favourable to Workers" decisions database is selected, summarized and produced by the Unemployed Workers Help Centre of Regina, the Community Legal Assistance Society of Vancouver and the Mouvement Action-Chômage de Montréal.

The purpose of the database is to make available to Employment Insurance Boards of Referees and the interested public, a collection of Employment Insurance jurisprudence where the decision was favourable to workers.

The database is divided into subject areas which correspond to the main issues pertaining to a claimant's entitlement to benefits. Each subject is further divided by sub-headings to make it easier to find relevant caselaw on a particular topic or issue. For each decision included in the database, there is a brief description of the facts of the case, and a link to the complete text of the decision.

The Employment Insurance Appeals Division, in collaboration with the Canadian Labour Congress, makes this material available to Employment Insurance Board of Referees and Employment Insurance appellants, in the interest of promoting natural justice, fairness and to ensure universal access in both official languages.

It is recommended that appellants using the " Employment Insurance Appeal Decisions Favourable to Workers" database to prepare for hearings before the Board of Referees or an Umpire read all of the summaries which may apply to their situation. Appellants are also advised to read the complete text of any decision on which they want to rely in order to ensure that the facts and the decision supports the position that they intend to take.

Appellants should also be aware that decisions favourable to the Commission are not included in this database, and should be consulted in order to get a complete understanding of the existing jurisprudence. A complete database of all employment insurance decisions is available at http://www.ei-ae.gc.ca/eng/library/searchxt.shtml. Other research tools to help appellants better understand the procedures and assist them in preparing for their appeal can be found in the appeals Web site http://www.ei-ae.gc.ca/eng/research.shtml.

When participating in an appeal, the appellants should refer the Board or the Umpire to the CUB or FCA decisions that they wish the Board or the Umpire to consider in coming to a decision on their case. "CUB" refers to decisions given by the Umpires on benefit claims and stands for "Canadian Umpire Benefit", and Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) decisions are designated by the claimant's name, the decision number as well as the applicable CUB number.