The federal government announced the 2022 Employment Insurance (EI) rates and maximums in September 2021. Below are the new rates:
New rates effective January 1, 2022
Maximum Insurance earnings
|Maximum EI benefit||
This increase affects Clients’ Short-Term Disability (STD) plans where:
- The maximum benefit reflects the EI maximum weekly benefit ($638 for 2022);
- The EI maximum earnings amount ($60,300 for 2022) is used to calculate the STD benefit amount.
What you should know:
Most carriers have updated their systems so that STD payments show the increase in the EI maximum insurable earnings limit.
Effective January 1, 2022, insured workers will pay EI premiums on all earnings up to the annual maximum salary of $60,300. For example, if an individual earns $65,000 a year, premiums are payable on the first $60,300.
Plan sponsors won’t need to amend their contract if their plan’s maximum disability benefit is based on the EI maximum weekly benefit or earnings. The carriers will adjust their STD benefits for claims where the total disability started on or after January 1, 2022.
If a plan’s specific maximum benefits amount is less than the EI weekly maximum of $638, let us know if your organization would like to amend your plan. The carrier can adjust your STD benefit to reflect the new EI maximum weekly benefit amounts.
Volumes are based on the number of employees with STD coverage x the new maximum EI benefit.
|Maximum weekly benefit||561.63||562.00||595.00||638.00|
|Maximum annual employee contribution||860.22||856.36||889.54||952.74|
|Maximum annual employer contribution||1,204.31||1,198.90||1,245.36||1,333.84|
|Maximum insurable earnings||53,100.00||54,200.00||56,300.00||60,300.00|
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