HR Home Forums Community Termination Query

Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • Conner Lantz
    Keymaster
    Post count: 4836

    We have an employee who was verbally advised last week that there roll would be eliminated and that they will be terminated – the manager wanted to know how much time would be required for a transition end of June or end of July for last day worked. This employee is a 20 year employee, 61 years of age and holds the most senior position in the company in Canada. We have an employee agreement which is 4 weeks/year to a max of 78 – which is fine. The question I have – as our merit process takes place on June 1st and the employee has not received notification in writing, just verbal discussion, the employee should typically have received their deserved merit, should the merit be applied as of June 1st even knowing we will end up terminating this employee or can we base the termination pay on their current rate?

    Conner Lantz
    Keymaster
    Post count: 4836

    Here you go, Carole. From Alan McEwan:
    In Ontario, notice to an employee has to be in writing. Notice given verbally is not notice from the employment standards perspective, so the “notice period” would commence from when written notice is provided. “Written” includes by email, etc.
    Not sure exactly what you mean by “merit”, but if this employee is treated differently than other employees, from now to the end of the required notice, the employer risks exposing themselves to a claim for damages from wrongful dismissal. It would be much better to honour whatever is the “merit” that this person would otherwise be entitled to.
    You should also know that there has been a tremendous shift recently in the Ontario law around what employees might be eligible for on termination, so that your “employee agreement” may or may not protect you against a claim for damages in excess of the 78 weeks you discuss, particularly given the employee’s length of service, age and position within the company.

Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.