§ Mr. WATERSON
asked the Minister of Labour whether under the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1920, an employer must stamp a card when an employé is off work through ill-health?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
Where an employé is absent from work for a complete calendar week owing to ill-health and no wages or other remuneration are paid by the employer during the period of absence, or where the employe receives a purelyex gratiâ payment, no contributions are payable for that week under the "Unemployment Insurance Act, 1920. Where, however, payments during sickness are understood to be, or customarily form part of the terms of service, they are not ex gratiâ, and, consequently, are treated as ordinary wages; contributions are payable in such cases.