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No EI for Family Members

Darren Earn

Dozens of people in Bay St. Lawrence have found out, they won't be able to collect employment insurance this winter.

That's because the Canada Revenue Agency has determined, they were working for family members for a period of several years, and therefore were not entitled to benefits.

The president of a Manitoba company that helps family run businesses sort through the EI rules is weighing in on the issue. Darren Earn is the president of Grants International.

He says the rules that restrict family members from collecting EI benefits have been in place for many years - but very few Canadians know the rules, or understand them.

The CBC's Wendy Martin spoke with Darren Earn.

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