EI reforms: Too much change or not enough?

Labour concerned about workers being forced to take lower paying jobs, others say reforms don’t deal with ‘major’ structural problems
By Melissa Mancini
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 08/07/2012

Proposed changes to employment insurance (EI) are getting mixed reactions from experts.

“There will certainly be pressure on workers and so called frequent claimants to take low wage jobs,” said Andrew Jackson, chief economist at the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

Some of the concern is workers will be required to take jobs at significantly lower wages at a much earlier stage in their claim, said Jackson, who is based in Ottawa.