# 2021-001 Pay and Benefits, Separation Expense

Separation Expense (SE)

Case Summary

F&R Date: 2021-01-27

The grievor contended that, as he was headed to his new place of duty on an Imposed Restriction and leaving his spouse at the former place of duty, he should be entitled to Separation Expense (SE). The Committee found that, because the grievor's daughter would be living with him for more than 90 days each year, he was not entitled to SE, pursuant to article 208.997(5) of the Compensation and Benefits Instructions for the Canadian Forces.

FA Decision Summary

The Final Authority (FA) agreed with the Committee's findings that under the SE policy the grievor was only entitled to one-bedroom accommodations and that his dependant could not live with him for more than 90 days per 365-day period. The FA also noted that the grievor's common-law relationship only became effective the day after his Change of Strength date and therefore was not entitled to SE. As such, the FA directed the Director Military Careers to reassess the grievor’s posting file. The FA accepted the Committee's recommendation to not grant redress.

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