Losing Your Job: 3 Common “Severance” Myths
We receive calls every day from non-unionized employees that have been dismissed from their jobs — one of the most challenging moments in a person’s life. We empower employees by advising them on their legal rights and entitlements on dismissal, and by negotiating the terms of their departure with their employer. Chief among the worries of dismissed employees are the following 3 common myths surrounding terminations:
MYTH #1: YOU ARE NOT FIREPROOF
Provincially-regulated employers in Ontario may terminate employees at any time subject to their compliance with applicable laws, including the common law, the Employment Standards Act, 2000, and the Human Rights Code.
MYTH #2: EMPLOYERS RARELY OFFER WHAT IS LEGALLY OWED ON TERMINATION
In our experience, severance packages offered to dismissed employees rarely match the employee’s proper legal entitlements. As a result, employees often must assert their legal rights in order to obtain what is legally owed to them.
MYTH #3: STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE EMPLOYER’S DEADLINE - YOU LIKELY CAN AND SHOULD GET MORE
This is by far the most common concern we hear. Employers typically provide a severance package to dismissed employees that is conditional on the employee’s quick acceptance and provision of a signed release within a short timeframe (usually 1-2 weeks). This deadline places pressure on the employee to make a difficult decision in a brief period of time. These deadlines are almost always extendable, and an employee’s legal rights and entitlements do not lapse after the employer’s deadline expires.
Before signing anything, let us review your severance offer. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch.
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