CERB was introduced with great haste in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Ordinarily, such programs take months and years to design. While it has temporarily replaced the EI benefits program, the government has not presently clarified how CERB will be treated against severance pay. The CRA may require you to pay it back.
Layoffs and terminations are frequently used interchangeably and erroneously in the media. If you have lost your job due to the COVID-19 emergency measures, you must understand which one applies to you because your rights vary greatly, depending on which one it is.
Anyone facing a layoff due to COVID-19 should understand how to apply for federal government assistance through the Employment Insurance program, and know your rights if the pandemic persists and the economy slides into a recession.
COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges to workplaces. This blog helps employees understand employment law, their rights and Ontario employee sick leave entitlements.