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What to do if you’re being “quiet fired”

Rising interest rates, inflation, and media buzz about an impending recession causes anxiety for a lot of employees – and not just those who have been let go. We wrote a piece recently about employers “quiet firing” employees. This is where employers start treating an employee badly with the hope that the employee will walk away from [...]

Union and Collective Agreement: The Best “Insurance Policy” Against Wrongful Dismissal

In non-unionized employment, an employer has the unilateral authority to terminate an employee’s employment for “cause” or for no cause at all! If no cause exists, the employer may terminate the employment relationship by providing “reasonable notice” or pay in lieu thereof that may be as little as the minimum termination pay under employment standards [...]

By |2022-07-27T17:17:39-07:00May 27th, 2022|Labour Relations, Tips, Wrongful Dismissal|

The Law Behind “I Quit” (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYkFJrWcAxA Link to read article: The law behind “I quit” Transcript: Do I have to give notice to my employer before I quit? In British Columbia, there’s nothing in the Employment Standards Act that says you have to give your employer notice before you quit. But that’s not the end of the story. You may have [...]

By |2021-07-12T15:45:39-07:00December 9th, 2020|Law Videos, Wrongful Dismissal|

The law behind “I quit”

There’s more to leaving a job than saying “I quit” and packing your stuff into a cardboard box. Before resigning from your employment, you should consult a lawyer to determine what your legal rights and obligations are - and what rights or compensation you might be giving up by leaving. Do I have to [...]

Duty To Mitigate (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGxstG2UQP8   Transcript: If you’re fired, and you’re thinking of suing, there is something you have to do. And if you don’t do this, the court can reduce your monetary damages or reduce the amount to which you are entitled. So, what is it that you have to do? You have what’s called “the duty [...]

By |2021-05-13T11:16:44-07:00September 29th, 2020|Law Videos, Wrongful Dismissal|

What is the “duty to mitigate?”

What is the “duty to mitigate?” If you’re fired, and you’re thinking of suing, you have a legal obligation to look for a new job You’ve just been wrongfully terminated from your employment. While you may be experiencing a whole host of emotions right now, you need to be aware that you have a duty [...]

By |2021-05-13T12:14:02-07:00August 27th, 2020|Loss of a Job, Wrongful Dismissal|

Can my employer lay me off?

Can my employer lay me off? If you are in a union, this question depends on the language of your collective agreement and we recommend that you contact your union representative. If you are not in a union, the Employment Standards Act only permits temporary layoffs in very limited circumstances. Economic Downturn & Temporary Layoffs [...]

What is “just cause” dismissal?

“Just cause” dismissal means a dismissal where the employer had cause to terminate the employment of an employee. Why might it be important for an employer to claim that a dismissal was with cause? In a “without cause” dismissal, the employer will usually have an obligation to provide notice, pay in lieu of notice, or [...]

Have I been constructively dismissed?

Have I been constructively dismissed? In a previous blog, we discussed what options an employee has available to them if they are being harassed and bullied at work. One of the options we outlined there was for the employee to resign from their employment on the basis that they have been constructively dismissed. What does it [...]

By |2022-10-21T15:19:50-07:00February 20th, 2020|Loss of a Job, Wrongful Dismissal|

Employment Law 101: What you need to know if you’ve been fired or laid off

Employment law 101 - Fired. Laid off. Terminated.            Whatever you call it, losing your job can be devastating.  Your job often isn’t only how you make a living, but a big part of who you are. So, if you’ve been fired, what do you do? You should talk to a lawyer before you agree to anything. [...]

By |2023-03-04T05:51:19-08:00November 29th, 2019|Loss of a Job, Wrongful Dismissal|