Areas of Law: Employment Law
We represent both employers and employees in cases involving wrongful dismissal, workplace harassment, workplace safety, and employment contracts.
Employers need to be aware of whether they have legal cause to terminate an employment contract, the appropriate amount of notice or severance pay to provide if terminating a contract without cause, and the relevant Employment Standards Act considerations.
We recommend consulting one of our employment lawyers before taking steps to terminate an employment contract to craft a proactive approach to eliminate or minimize subsequent legal proceedings.
Employees need to understand their legal rights if they have been wrongfully dismissed (fired without cause) before signing any releases or agreements for severance pay, as depending on the facts of the case there may be additional compensation for notice owed to the employee, and/or several different categories of damages that could be awarded for compensation. Additionally, an employer may allege that an employee has been fired for cause, when in fact that may not be the case. In some cases there may be shareholder and other corporate considerations to take into account. As there is often a financial and power imbalance in favour of the employer, if your employment has been terminated we suggest speaking with an employment lawyer at Fabris McIver Hornquist & Radcliffe to ensure all of your rights are protected.