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EI confusing for Atlantic Canada: report

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jun 30, 2014 - 12:11 PM |
HALIFAX - A report into the impact of Employment Insurance changes on Atlantic Canadians says a lot of distress could have been avoided had Ottawa consulted properly with the provinces before implementing the new rules.

The panel report, released today, was commissioned last year by the Atlantic premiers and involved consultations with EI claimants, community groups, businesses and government representatives.

The 109-page report says the changes introduced last year have created a lot of confusion, particularly a rule surrounding acceptable commuting times.

Under the changes, jobs may be considered suitable if they are within a one-hour commute from the claimant's home and the pay is at least 70 per cent of their previous salary.

The panel says the change has created fear among some claimants that they may be forced to work outside of their province and penalized if they refuse to do so.

The report makes a number of recommendations, including more collaboration and improved communication between Ottawa and the premiers.

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