Stephanie Kalinowski Quoted in Benefits Canada on Employers Using SUB Plans to Top Up During Pandemic
Benefits Canada quoted Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski in a May 27, 2020 article titled “Employers Can’t Use SUB Plans to Top up Employees Laid off Due to Pandemic.” The article discusses how employers with registered supplemental unemployment benefit plans aren’t able to use them to top up laid-off employees who are receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
Canadians who were laid off on or after March 15 and would have normally become eligible for EI were automatically moved over the CERB. “It has supplanted the EI system for the next several months,” says Stephanie. “So because of that, the top-up becomes a problem. Had employees who were laid off been receiving EI as they would have in normal circumstances, the employers could have created SUB plans and had them registered with Service Canada and been able to offer some additional assistance to their employees” she added.