14 April 2007

Upping rates better than less for longer

A panel reviewing parental and maternity benefits is recommending that the claim period be extended.

How about just changing the amount paid instead?

Currently parental and maternity benefits under the Employment Insurance program are pegged at the same rate as EI, that is 55% of previous salary.

The panel also recommended changing the rates. Good for them.

That's a simple initiative most parents would readily accept, even if the benefit period remained limited to one year.