Being terminated from your job can be overwhelming and stressful. During this time of uncertainty, it is critical to obtain legal guidance from an employment lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer will help you understand your options, guide you through mitigating any risk, and ensure that you receive the most favourable severance package possible after your departure.
At Sultan Lawyers, we represent employees throughout the termination process. We provide the protection employees need following termination. Our exceptional team fights for your rights so that you can focus on yourself, your family, and your career.
It is important to distinguish between termination pay and severance pay, which, legally, are two distinct things.
In Ontario, severance pay is the compensation provided to long-term employees who have had their employment “severed” and is intended to compensate them for certain losses that come with terminating a lengthy employment relationship (including loss of seniority, etc.).
Under the provincial Employment Standards Act, only certain employees are eligible for severance pay. Severance pay will apply to:
An employee’s severance pay will be based on the number of years they were employed with the relevant employer, up to a maximum of 26 weeks’ of pay. In many cases, this will be more than the termination pay to which the employee will be entitled.
Most employees who have been terminated are entitled to either notice of termination, in pay in lieu of that notice (i.e. termination pay). The amount of notice or pay required will depend on the length of time the employee worked for the organization.
The knowledgeable employment lawyers at Sultan Lawyers regularly review severance packages and represent employees in negotiating more beneficial terms for their departure. We have advised and guided hundreds of employees following termination and represented them in discussions with their former employers. Where necessary we have represented employees in wrongful dismissal complaints. When you are our client, you can count on our persistence in achieving the best results. Contact us online or at 416-214-5111 for a consultation.
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