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Category: Wrongful dismissal

What to do when you receive a release from your employer?

By , September 26, 2018 10:00 am

When an employee is terminated and offered a severance package, they are almost always asked to sign a release agreement in exchange. A release agreement, as the name suggests, releases the employer from liabilities for employment-related claims. Thus, after an employee has signed a release agreement, if they attempt to sue their employer later on, Continue Reading…

Do I Have to Accept a Job Offer from the Purchaser of my Employer’s Business?

By , September 20, 2018 8:50 am

Ontario courts have mentioned time and time again that a terminated employee has a duty look for and accept comparable employment. What happens when your employer is sold and the purchaser offers you employment? A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice provides some direction on when such an offer of employment can Continue Reading…

A Change for Employees and Termination Packages: The IBM Example

By , September 7, 2018 3:48 pm

The Basics Under the Employment Standards Act (ESA), employees who are terminated are entitled to appropriate notice of termination, which is generally a week’s worth of notice, or pay in lieu of notice, for each year worked up to a maximum of eight weeks. Not every employee is also entitled to severance.  Therefore, if you Continue Reading…

Fired? What to Know Before You Sign

By , July 20, 2018 11:55 am

At face value, anything under official letterhead seems legal and final.  However, the conditions of your termination may well be negotiable. So, while being fired can be a confusing and stressful time, it is absolutely crucial that you read and consider the information contained in the severance package that was presented to you by your Continue Reading…

The Duty to Mitigate: What Happens to Earnings from a Lower Paying Job?

By , July 20, 2018 10:41 am

Losing your job is one of life’s awfully stressful events. Yet, Canadian courts have long recognized the duty of a dismissed employee to seek new employment to mitigate their losses. The duty to mitigate requires wrongfully dismissed employees to take reasonable steps to minimize the losses they have suffered. Although not usually a burdensome standard Continue Reading…

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