Federal Appeal

Employment Insurance


Applicant’s decision to leave employment was personal and did not constitute just cause

Applicant was journeyman electrician who resided in Lockport, Manitoba. Applicant took employment in Weskwatim, Manitoba, from January to March 2012, and then left that employment. Applicant claimed he left employment due to family problems that resulted from him being out of town for work and only able to return home once per month. Employment insurance commission denied applicant’s claim for employment insurance benefits on basis that he voluntarily left his employment without just cause. Board of referees dismissed applicant’s appeal and umpire upheld board’s decision. Applicant applied for judicial review. Application dismissed. Record showed that applicant did not have alternative offer of employment when he left his employment. Umpire did not err in concluding that applicant’s decision to leave employment and return home was personal and that personal decision did not constitute just cause.

Andrade v. Canada (Attorney General) (Apr. 7, 2014, F.C.A., Marc Noël J.A., Eleanor R. Dawson J.A., and Wyman W. Webb J.A., File No. A-56-13) 239 A.C.W.S. (3d) 388.

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