Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says employment insurance premiums will be frozen for the next three years. Flaherty says previously planned rate hikes are no longer necessary, and the freeze will save businesses and workers $660 million next year.
A mother and cancer survivor says she doesn’t understand why the federal government is appealing a decision that awarded her employment insurance sickness benefits worth $5,000 while she was on maternity leave.
The federal government has been setting annual targets -- with dollar totals -- for investigators looking into improper Employment Insurance payments since 1993, say officials with the Human Resources Department.
The federal government admitted Monday that it expects civil servants to find nearly half a million dollars per year in fraudulent employment insurance claims, but denies opposition charges it has set quotas for investigators.