51 (1) Subject to the Act and these Regulations, but notwithstanding section 30 of the Act, a claimant who has left employment in accordance with an employer work-force reduction process that preserves the employment of co-workers may be paid benefits where
(a) the claimant accepted an offer to leave that employment voluntarily; and
(b) the employer has confirmed that the claimant's leaving resulted in the actual preservation of the employment of a co-worker whose employment would otherwise have been terminated in the course of the work-force reduction process.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), an employer work-force reduction process is a process
(a) that is initiated by the employer;
(b) that has as its objective a permanent reduction in the overall number of employees;
(c) that offers employees the option to leave employment voluntarily; and
(d) the elements of which, including the elements described in paragraphs (a) to (c), are documented by the employer.
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