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Decision A0504.06 Full Text of Decision A0504.06

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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This case deals with a reduction of a penalty by an Umpire who did so in light of the need for its "repayment" and the co-operative conduct of the claimant. The Court has repeatedly held that mitigating circumstances are those present before or at the time the penalty is imposed. Repayment is something that occurs after the imposition of the penalty. Admission of guilty conduct upon being confronted with offence by the Commission is not a mitigating factor.


Decision A-0251.05 Full Text of Decision A-0251.05

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The Commission had reduced the amount of penalties imposed on the claimant, having considered certain aggravating and mitigating factors. The Court determined that the Commission had shown understanding and compassion but also stated that the Commission had to consider not to undermine the specific and general deterrent effect intended by Parliament. The Court added that, although the claimant's financial hardship or ability to pay may be factors to consider in setting the amount of a penalty, the claimant's willingness to pay the penalty is not. The Court further indicated that the Commission is under no obligation to provide an exhaustive list of all the factors considered in calculating the penalty amount.


Decision 63337 Full Text of Decision 63337

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Refer to summary indexed under FCA A-0251.05


Decision A-0052.04 Full Text of Decision A-0052.04

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The Court reiterated that the Commission's practice of establishing guidelines (100%, 200%, 300%) for the imposition of penalties, in order to ensure coherence on a national basis, is totally appropriate. The Court added that this policy should not be applied automatically and that the Commission must exercise its discretion and take into account the special circumstances of the claimant.


Decision A-0578.02 Full Text of Decision A-0578.02

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The Court stated that when a claimant brings forward claims of inability to pay or financial hardship, the Commission or the BOR are required to consider whether these claims are mitigating factors that would merit a reduction of the penalty.

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penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction

Decision A-0046.03 Full Text of Decision A-0046.03

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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The Court stated that when a claimant brings forward claims of inability to pay or financial hardship, the Commission or the BOR are required to consider whether these claims are mitigating factors that would merit a reduction of the penalty. The Court found that the BOR had failed to properly exercise its jurisdiction by not concluding on the financial hardship argument of the claimant.


Decision A-0045.03 Full Text of Decision A-0045.03

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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The Court stated that when a claimant brings forward claims of inability to pay or financial hardship, the Commission or the BOR are required to consider whether these claims are mitigating factors that would merit a reduction of the penalty.


Decision 59321 Full Text of Decision 59321

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Refer to summary indexed under FCA A-0052.04


Decision 55881 Full Text of Decision 55881

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Refer to summary indexed under FCA A-0045.03


Decision 55884 Full Text of Decision 55884

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Refer to summary indexed under FCA A-0046.03


Decision 55245 Full Text of Decision 55245

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It is not enough for the agent to say that the Commission took into account all relevant factors and did not take into account all irrelevant factors. What appears apparent is that the agent adopted the usual practice of imposing an automatic 100% penalty for a first offence. This is not a reason that meets judicial standards: it is an arbitrary decision.


Decision 55608 Full Text of Decision 55608

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Refer to summary indexed under FCA A-0578.02


Decision A-0353.01 Full Text of Decision A-0353.01

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A penalty imposed by the Commission that is reduced to zero by the Board of Referees amounts to no penalty at all and, in reality, is a usurpation of power that resides exclusively in the Commission under the legislation. Where, however, mitigating circumstances are shown to the BOR, the Board may reduce the quantum of the penalty to an amount that it considers commensurate with those circumstances. Reference made to the FCA decision in Turgeon (A-0715.95).

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penalties reconsideration of penalty remove
penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction
board of referees errors in law excess of jurisdiction

Decision 51357 Full Text of Decision 51357

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See summary indexed under FCA A-0353.01

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penalties reconsideration of penalty remove
board of referees errors in law excess of jurisdiction
penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction

Decision 51150 Full Text of Decision 51150

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Claimant concerned that if she did not play along with the scheme (banking of hours) being used by the employer that she may lose her job. Not a good reason for her to continue but a mitigating factor which can explain why she did it. Such an influence on the claimant was sufficient to cause her to do things that she would not have normally done. Penalty reduced by one-third.


Decision A-0549.99 Full Text of Decision A-0549.99

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Penalty initially imposed at $3,345 but reduced by the Commission to $1,410 in light of the claimant's stress due to the breakup of her marriage and her financial difficulties. Umpire held that the penalty was based on a percentage formula which is not the exercise of a judicial discretion and further reduced the penalty to $750. Decision reversed by the FCA which ruled that the Commission had considered the particular circumstances of the applicant and that there was not an unreasonable exercise by the Commission of its discretionary power to impose a penalty.

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umpires errors in law excess of jurisdiction

Decision A-0387.99 Full Text of Decision A-0387.99

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Umpire had arbitrarily reduced the penalty from 100% to 25%. The FCA held that the Umpire gave no reasons to indicate how he arrived at a penalty of 25%. The penalty imposed at 100% was well below the maximum limit set by S.38 of the EIA. The Commission found no extenuating circumstances and the Court was unable to conclude that the Commission had not exercised its discretionary power in a judicial manner. No basis for the Umpire to interfere with the Commission's decision.

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penalties commission policy

Decision A-0299.98 Full Text of Decision A-0299.98

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Penalty of $7,740 imposed initially but reduced twice by the Commission based on extenuating circumstances. Umpire concluded that the BOR should review the matter once more to either reduce or vary the penalty or to write it off. The FCA held that the Commission had exercised its discretion in a judicial manner and that neither the BOR or the Umpire could write-off a penalty or overpayment.

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penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction
umpires errors in law excess of jurisdiction

Decision A-0378.98 Full Text of Decision A-0378.98

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Claimant brought evidence to BOR that she had health problems when false statements were made. BOR upheld the penalty but Umpire, based on FCA decision in Dunham (A-0708.95), decided to reduce it by 50%. The FCA ruled that the Umpire had no jurisdiction to reduce the penalty since the Commission and the BOR had exercised their discretion in a judicial manner.

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umpires errors in law excess of jurisdiction

Decision 45002 Full Text of Decision 45002

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Penalty originally imposed at $462 but after BOR's decision, the Commission reduced it to $231. Mitigating circumstances invoked: real possibility of eviction, husband unemployed, three children involved, minimal hours of work and payments received a month later. Umpire not impressed by the compassion and mercy shown by the Commission. A penalty is meant to punish but not to destroy. Reduction of the penalty down to $150 or even down to $100 suggested by Umpire.


Decision 45255 Full Text of Decision 45255

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See summary indexed under FCA A-0549.99

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umpires errors in law excess of jurisdiction

Decision 42402A Full Text of Decision 42402A

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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The automatic imposition of a 100% penalty where there are "no extenuating circumstances" is not the exercise of a judicious discretion. Umpire recognizes that there should be some uniformity in the penalties imposed and that the Commission is entitled to due deference in its imposition of penalties. Ruled however that unless the Commission is prepared to say why it automatically imposes a 100% penalty in every case of "no extenuating circumstances", then it is not acting judiciously but arbitrarily. Penalty reduced to 25%. Commission appeal to the FCA is pending.

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penalties commission policy

Decision A-0186.98 Full Text of Decision A-0186.98

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Should an administrative penalty be proportional to the penalty assessed against the employer in criminal proceedings? Not according to the FCA, for various reasons: administrative delays, the effect of a very punitive criminal sanction in undesirably increasing the administrative penalty, difficulty in quantifying the stigma of a criminal conviction. The FCA also notes, referring to C. Lai (A-525-97), that it is not desirable to import principles applicable to the criminal context into the administrative context.

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Decision A-0180.98 Full Text of Decision A-0180.98

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Case identical to Jean-Guy Turcotte (A-0186.98). See summary indexed.

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Decision A-0184.98 Full Text of Decision A-0184.98

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Case identical to Jean-Guy Turcotte (A-0186.98). See summary indexed.

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Decision A-0181.98 Full Text of Decision A-0181.98

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Case identical to Jean-Guy Turcotte (A-0186.98). See summary indexed.

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Decision A-0182.98 Full Text of Decision A-0182.98

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Case identical to Jean-Guy Turcotte (A-0186.98). See summary indexed.

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Decision 39700A Full Text of Decision 39700A

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Claimant was operating an escort service. She didn't declare her earnings as she needed the money to support her drug addiction. Umpire ruled that under the circumstances the penalty should be forgiven on compassionate grounds.


Decision A-0743.97 Full Text of Decision A-0743.97

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Penalty of $3, 120 reduced to $156 by Umpire. Held by FCA that a BOR or an Umpire may not intervene and substitute their appreciation as to the amount to be assessed to a penalty unless it is clear to them that the Commission has exercised its discretion "unjudicially". No evidence on file to lead to such a conclusion.

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penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction
penalties proof
penalties knowingly
penalties clear and simple language

Decision A-0525.97 Full Text of Decision A-0525.97

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Umpire of the view that with respect to "recidivism", the criminal law rule should apply, i.e. a more severe penalty for a second offence can be imposed only after a conviction has been entered for the first one. Position rebutted by the FCA who held that in an administrative law context, sanctions must be viewed not so much as punishment, but is a deterrent.**The Commission's practices (recidivism policy) are established not as limitations of discretion but as a means of determining guidelines that will assure some consistency. The criminal law rule approach adopted by the umpire would limit the discretion to impose penalties conferred on the Commission and would defeat the will of Parliament.

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penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction
penalties amount of penalty
penalties commission policy
penalties amount of penalty second offence

Decision A-0858.97 Full Text of Decision A-0858.97

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Identical case to A-0846.97. See summary indexed under it.

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reconsideration of claim overpayment authority to write off
penalties earnings banking hours
penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction

Decision A-0845.97 Full Text of Decision A-0845.97

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Identical case to A-0846.97. See summary indexed under it.

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penalties earnings banking hours
penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction
reconsideration of claim overpayment authority to write off

Decision A-0847.97 Full Text of Decision A-0847.97

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Identical case to A-0846.97. See summary indexed under it.

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penalties earnings banking hours
penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction
reconsideration of claim overpayment authority to write off

Decision A-0857.97 Full Text of Decision A-0857.97

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Identical case to A-0846.97. See summary indexed under it.

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penalties earnings banking hours
penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction
reconsideration of claim overpayment authority to write off

Decision A-0846.97 Full Text of Decision A-0846.97

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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False Record of Employment (banking of hours) submitted by the claimant in order to obtain a higher rate of benefit. Penalty imposed at 300%. Earnings were also not reported one week; penalty imposed at 200%. In light of the decisions in Morin (A-453-95 and A-681-96), Dunham (A-708-95), Stark (A-701-96) and Turgeon (A-715-95), the Umpire refused to intervene in the amount of the penalties. The FCA, recognizing that the penalties imposed are not all of the same severity, assumed that the Commission had considered them case by case and dismissed the claimant’s appeal.

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penalties earnings banking hours
penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction
reconsideration of claim overpayment authority to write off

Decision A-0823.97 Full Text of Decision A-0823.97

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Penalty amount maintained by the BOR because of the claimant’s admission of an error "that he did not think it was all that serious" and the fact that the terms used in the report cards are simple, clear and straightforward. The Umpire decided that it is impossible to determine whether the Commission exercised its discretion in a judicial manner and that there is sufficient evidence in the file indicating extenuating circumstances to send the case back to the BOR. The FCA ruled that the very brief but sufficient analysis by the BOR shows that this body considered both the exercise of discretionary power by the Commission and the opportunity to reduce the penalty. There is no need to sent the case back to the BOR and the Umpire’s decision is reversed.

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umpires errors in law excess of jurisdiction
umpires grounds of appeal without regard for material

Decision 40975 Full Text of Decision 40975

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Penalty imposed on employer for having made five false statements. The family business was having major financial problems, so the family members agreed to have their wages suspended but continued to carry out their usual duties while receiving benefits. Umpire held that the reason for submitting false records of employment was a shortage of capital rather than a lack of employment. It was therefore found that false statements had indeed been made.

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penalties imposed to employer
penalties misrepresentation

Decision A-0639.97 Full Text of Decision A-0639.97

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Penalty of $5,200.00 imposed at the rate of 200% for making 20 false statements. Possibility of reducing the amount not considered by BOR (position dating from before Morin, A-453-95). Situation recognized by the Umpire who, even in light of the Morin decision, found that a reduction in the penalty was not justified in this case. FCA refused to intervene, ruling that it was satisfied the Umpire had taken into consideration all the aggravating and extenuating circumstances that appear in the file.

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penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction
penalties amount of penalty second offence
board of referees legislative authority discretionary powers

Decision 40390 Full Text of Decision 40390

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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See summary indexed under FCA A-0186.98

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penalties amount of penalty

Decision 40391 Full Text of Decision 40391

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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See summary indexed under FCA A-0186.98

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penalties reason for separation

Decision 40389 Full Text of Decision 40389

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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See FCA A-0186.98

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Decision 40384 Full Text of Decision 40384

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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See summary indexed under FCA A-0186.98

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Decision 40387 Full Text of Decision 40387

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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See summary indexed under FCA A-0186.98

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Decision 39997 Full Text of Decision 39997

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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See summary indexed under FCA A-0378.98

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penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction

Decision 37691A Full Text of Decision 37691A

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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See summary indexed under FCA A-0299.98

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penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction
umpires errors in law excess of jurisdiction

Decision A-0734.96 Full Text of Decision A-0734.96

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Claimant was having a great deal of personal difficulty at the time he claimed benefits. He left however the filling in of the cards to his wife and he signed them without checking the dates. Not reading cards before signing them is not a reasonable explanation for the false statements having been made to the Commission. False statements upheld but amount of penalty reduced by Umpire. Decision confirmed by FCA.

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penalties cards signed by third party
penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction

Decision 38743 Full Text of Decision 38743

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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See FCA A-0743.97

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penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction
penalties knowingly
penalties clear and simple language
penalties proof

Decision A-0681.96 Full Text of Decision A-0681.96

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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The Umpire acknowledged certain extenuating circumstances on the record, namely the claimant’s health status and more particularly her memory losses caused by the morphine medication, and reduced the penalty from $1,690 to $845. The FCA found that it would have been desirable for the Umpire to rule clearly, in the first place, on the legality of the exercise of discretionary power by the Commission before determining the appropriateness of varying the penalty. However, the Court inferred from the Umpire’s two decisions that he had carried out this step and had thus not erred in reducing the penalty.

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board of referees legislative authority discretionary powers
penalties amount of penalty
penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction
penalties commission policy

Decision A-0701.96 Full Text of Decision A-0701.96

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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The BOR recognized some mitigating factors (penalty greater than the penalty amount imposed on the respondent's employer and claimant's financial hardship) but did not reduce the amount of penalty because it believed it lacked authority to do so. Amount reduced by Umpire. The FCA held that there was no "decision or order" made by the BOR that could be reviewed by the Umpire. The Court, referring to its previous decisions in Morin (A-453-95), Dunham (A-708-95) and Mucciarone (A-464-96), allowed the Commission's appeal and ordered that the case be remitted back to the BOR for determination of the amount of penalty.

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board of referees legislative authority discretionary powers

Decision 37891 Full Text of Decision 37891

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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See FCA A-0525.97

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penalties reconsideration of penalty remove
penalties reconsideration of penalty reduction
penalties amount of penalty second offence
penalties amount of penalty
penalties commission policy

Decision A-0715.95 Full Text of Decision A-0715.95

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Claimant admitted to having knowingly made false statements, but argued in his defence that he did not want to reveal the «banking» systgem to which his employer had forced him to belong; otherwise, he would have lost his chances for re-employment with that employer. This argument was rejected by the Court. The conditions in which the statements were made might have value as extenuating circumstances for the purposes of assessing the penalty, but this is a matter in which the Commission or the BOR is authorized to rule.

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penalties knowingly

Decision 28068A Full Text of Decision 28068A

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penalties amount of penalty mitigating circumstances
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Refer to summary indexed under FCA A-0681.96

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