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Employers — No SUB “Top up” for CERB relief payments

Employers — No SUB “Top up” for CERB relief payments

Employees will likely need to repay amounts received under the CERB.

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Employers that set up a registered Supplementary Unemployment Benefit (SUB) plan with Service Canada to provide additional amounts to employees temporarily laid-off due to COVID-19 should ensure these employees are aware they will likely need to repay any amounts received under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Service Canada has now clarified that SUB plan payments of more than $1,000 in a benefit period will disqualify an employee from collecting the CERB. These payments would have been allowed under the Employment Insurance (EI) rules to top up employees' EI benefits. As a result, employers who have already made payments of more than $1,000 should advise employees that they must repay CERB amounts they may have received for the same benefit period.

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