Hi there, We have a person employed with us for 20 months. His work performance has been steadily declining for the last 6 months and we have had numerous discussions/coaching sessions to try and rectify this – all to no avail. He seems checked out completely and when asked if anything is wrong, he says no. We want to terminate his employment as soon as possible and make sure we are compliant with all the regulations in Sask. I understand we will need to pay 2 weeks in lieu of notice but what about the severance pay? Many thanks in advance, Aimee
As in most provinces, Sask. does not provide for STATUTORY severance pay. In other words, the Sask. Employment Act provides for employment notice but NOT severance. However, you may still be bound to pay severance if it’s required in the employment contract or the collective agreement (if the employee is union). In that case, you’d have to look at the actual contract language to make a determination about whether severance is due in this case.
In addition, many employers agree voluntarily to provide severance (in addition to the required termination notice) as part of the termination package.
I’ve also asked our payroll expert, Alan McEwen, to weigh in. He knows far more about this than me. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back.
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