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Articles and resources concerning loss of a job as it pertains to those seeking employment law advice. The content of these articles, and this website generally, is not intended as legal advice and cannot be relied upon as legal advice.

What to do if you’re laid off in 2023

According to CTV News, Bank of Canada surveys suggest more than 70 percent of Canadian consumers, and two-thirds of businesses think a recession is likely in the next 12 months.   In some ways, it looks like a recession may already be unfolding.  A number of high-profile corporations have been announcing layoffs in 2023, and [...]

By |2023-01-31T11:27:53-08:00January 25th, 2023|Loss of a Job|

What do I do if I’ve been fired for cause?

If you are not a union member, your employer can terminate your employment at any time either for a justifiable reason (“cause”) without advance notice or, depending on the terms of your employment contract, by providing you sufficient advance notice (“reasonable notice”) or pay in lieu of reasonable notice that your employment is going to [...]

By |2022-11-18T10:03:03-08:00November 18th, 2022|Loss of a Job, Tips|

Top six things to do if you’ve been fired or laid off

Top six things to do if you’ve been fired or laid off In this blog article, we review six things you should do, from a legal perspective, if you’ve been fired or laid off. 1)       Don’t sign anything before you talk to a lawyer, but get what you’re owed under employment standards legislation! Before you sign [...]

By |2022-09-26T13:01:38-07:00September 26th, 2022|Loss of a Job, Tips|

How do I know if a severance package is fair?

How do I know if a severance package is fair? Losing your job can be one of the most stressful experiences you will ever face.  One of the biggest sources of stress, obviously, is money. When you’re told you can’t rely on continuing paycheques any more, and are asked to agree to a final payment [...]

By |2022-09-07T09:46:17-07:00September 12th, 2022|Loss of a Job, Severance Package|

Fired? Laid off? Don’t miss out on a cash settlement because you’re afraid of legal costs

If your employer has fired you or laid you off or is breaking the employment contract, don’t let the fear of legal fees stop you from seeing a lawyer! In our experience, 95% of wrongful dismissal matters are settled with the employee receiving a cash settlement during negotiations after a demand letter from a lawyer [...]

By |2022-07-15T21:51:09-07:00July 18th, 2022|Loss of a Job|

My employer just fired me for raising a safety issue at work. What can I do?

In BC, the Workers Compensation Act protects workers from employers and unions retaliating against them for exercising their rights under health and safety laws. If this happens, workers can get compensation, or even get their jobs back, by filing a “prohibited action” complaint at WorkSafeBC. Last month, I was invited to speak at a Continuing [...]

Duty of Honest Performance in Contract Law

In December 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) expanded the duty of honest performance in contract law in its decision of CM Callow Inc v Zollinger. Facts of the case This case involved two parties, a group of condominium companies (Baycrest) and a maintenance company (Callow), who entered into a two year contract regarding [...]

By |2021-07-05T11:24:53-07:00February 25th, 2021|Employment Contracts, Loss of a Job|

What do I do if I’ve been fired or laid off?

What do I do if I’ve been fired or laid off? Have you just lost your job and are wondering what to do next?  The steps you take right after you’ve lost your job can have a huge impact on the severance or settlement you wind up getting. In this blog, we go over exactly [...]

By |2020-12-21T09:27:43-08:00December 16th, 2020|Loss of a Job|

Recalled or Rehired? – Returning to Work After Covid-19 Layoffs

What are the differences between being "recalled" and "rehired" when returning to work after Covid-19 layoffs? As government restrictions on workplaces are becoming more relaxed, businesses that have laid off their workers due to the pandemic can now begin rebuilding their teams. However, employees who are hired back should be aware of the legalities surrounding their [...]

By |2021-07-12T15:46:24-07:00October 21st, 2020|BC Employment Standards Act, Covid-19, Loss of a Job, Tips|

Can “Frustration of Contract” be Used to End My Employment Without Notice or Severance?

Does the "frustration of contract" doctrine allow employers the right to end employment without giving notice or severance amid a global pandemic? As the pandemic continues to adversely affect business operations, there are several important considerations for both employees and employers, especially when the pandemic continues to threaten operations for the unforeseeable future. One of [...]