Refusal of Employment

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Questions to Answer

  1. Was there a "refusal" of employment subsequent to the interruption of earnings giving rise to the claim?
  2. Was the employment suitable?
  3. Did the claimant have good cause for refusing?
  4. What period of disqualification is appropriate?


Legal test

Refusal of employment - failed to apply, failed to accept, failed to take advantage of opportunity: subsection 27(1) of the Act.   Employment Insurance Act

Good cause CUB 24913 Umpire Decision

Suitability of Employment: subsections 27(2), 27(3) of the Act.   Employment Insurance Act

Period of disqualification (7 to 12 weeks): paragraph 28(1)(a) Employment Insurance Act 

Onus of proof

Claimant must prove the employment was not suitable or must prove good cause for refusing. Eligibility to be established on the balance of probabilities - subsection 49(1) of the Act.   Employment Insurance Act FALARDEAU A-396-85 Judgment Of The Federal Court Of Appeal 

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