How to issue an ROE during COVID-19
If possible you should issue ROE's electronically this ensures faster processing. You can sign up to do that here https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/ei/ei-list/ei-roe/access-roe.html
Stay informed on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from Employment and Social Development Canada.
For more information about ROE's and what they are used for you can check out Service Canada website.
ROE Guidance: Service Canada
When employees are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not working, an ROE must be issued. For Box 16 - Reason for Separation, please use the following codes but do not include comments:
The employee is sick or quarantined: Code D (Illness or Injury).
Employee stops working due to shortage of work or shutdown due to COVID-19 – Code A (Shortage of Work).
The employee is not sick or quarantined but not working due to other reasons related to COVID-19 – Code E (Quit) or Code N (Leave of Absence).
NOTE: Add comments only when required. Doing so causes the ROE to be pulled from the automatic processing queue for review by an agent, slowing down the process.