Employment and EI

Employment Law

As part of Mississauga Community Legal Services’ Mobile Legal and Social Justice Initiative, WRCLS is now able to offer employment law services.

In the event that you are fired or laid off you should contact us for direction and assistance. Depending on the circumstances, you could be entitled to damages for wrongful dismissal or for discrimination, to pay in lieu of notice, severance and/or employment insurance benefits.  We can advise you on what options are available to you and how to pursue those options.

Employment Insurance

We provide assistance with legal issues arising from eligibility for employment insurance (EI) benefits.  If you have been denied benefits, please contact us immediately as any decision has to be appealed within 30 days.  We can also advise you with respect to other benefits that you may be entitled to (such as Ontario Works) while you are pursing EI.

Employment Insurance (EI) provides temporary financial assistance in the form of benefits for some workers. There are different types of benefits:

  • Regular benefits are for workers who have lost their job. However, you may also qualify for benefits during lay-offs.
  • Sickness benefits are for workers who are unable to work due to injury or sickness.
  • Maternity/parental benefits are paid to individuals who are pregnant, have recently given birth, are adopting a child or are caring for a new-born.
  • Compassionate Care benefits are paid to persons who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill.