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|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 02/27/2019

Federal Court approves EI class-action settlement

› OTTAWA — Canada’s Federal Court has approved a settlement agreement in a class action between the federal government and parents who were denied employment insurance (EI) sickness benefits between 2002 and 2013 after becoming ill while receiving EI parental benefits.

The government and the class-action representative plaintiff Jennifer McCrea reached the settlement last August, pending court approval. McCrea, who was diagnosed with cancer while receiving parental benefits, applied in 2011 to switch to EI sickness benefits, but the government rejected the request.