My Employer Has Given Me “Working Notice”, But Where is My Package? Why Can’t I Just Have the Money?
At law, employers can terminate employees at any time and for any reason (as long as it is not discriminatory) provided the employer provides sufficient notice to the employee. The purpose of this notice is to give the employee time to look for suitable alternative employment; this is what is known as the “notice period”. […]
I Gave 30 Years of My Life to That Job – Shouldn’t My Termination Package Reflect My Years of Dedication and Loyalty?! What About My Retirement Package?!
The law of severance is dynamic and at times confusing. One common misperception is the purpose of severance itself. Many people believe that a severance package is meant to be a reward or acknowledgement for years of dedicated service or a recognition for a job well done. Some very senior employees consider severance as part […]
With the rollout of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, employers and most employees are looking forward to a return to some semblance of normalcy and, for many, a return to the workplace for all. With vaccine hesitancy, the anti-vaxxer movement and employees’ simply wishing to continue to work from home forever, employers are rightly concerned about […]
With the economic downturn resulting from COVID-19, employees and unions are looking to secure their future place in the workplace. One question we are often asked is how do unions form and become certified in Ontario. The process of unionizing often begins with one employee. He or she will meet with a union business agent […]
Back in February, 2019, we blogged about the long-anticipated decision in the case of Matthews v Ocean Nutrition. This morning, Mr. Matthews prevailed and is now a millionaire due to a simple and cautious decision penned by Mr. Justice Kasirer. The Facts Mr. Matthews worked for Ocean Nutrition (the “Company”) for 14 years as a […]
On June 25th, the federal government launched the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), a program aimed at encouraging post-secondary students and recent graduates to volunteer with not-for-profit organizations addressing COVID-19 relief. The CSSG provides students with a one-time payment ranging between $1,000 and $5,000 based on the number of volunteer hours the student completes. The […]
In the employment law blogosphere, there is much chatter about whether the COVID-19 pandemic extends periods of reasonable notice. As a lawyer who represents employees and employers, I’ve been thinking a lot about it and reading up on the top blogs. A lot of employment counsel surmise that much like notice periods generally, it will […]
Employers looking to reopen must first turn their minds to recalling employees from their temporary lay-offs. When must I do it? Lay-offs are governed by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and can generally only last 13 weeks. In cases where the employer continues to make substantial payments during the layoff (EI top-up, healthcare benefits, other […]
While data indicate that Ontario is “flattening the curve”, COVID-19 measures will remain in place for some time to come. State of Emergency On March 17, 2020 (the last day this blogger was seen in the office), Premier Ford announced a state of emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This legislation is […]