QUESTION: I employ about 20 people in my small company. Things are going fairly well and as a result I have recently learned that I have five employees who did not take all of their paid vacation for the last few years. Perhaps I should have, but I did not know this was happening. I realize I have to pay out what they accumulated but how do I control this in the future?
QUESTION: I worked for a large local employer for 36 years. Two weeks ago I was told that my employment was over. I was given my outstanding wages and vacation pay and nothing more. The company is in creditor protection right now. Is there anything I can do to get a severance package?
Sadly, it is not unusual for employers to discriminate against disabled employees or fail to accommodate them in the workplace. Many employers simply do not understand the obligations imposed by the Ontario Human Rights Code
. Even if they know they are violating the Code
, most are clever enough not to be overt about the discrimination. But there are always exceptions.
“They did not even give me a reason for my termination!” That is the most common complaint I hear from the recently dismissed.
I’ve been working as an Accounts Receivables Clerk for a company that has about 150 employees in Ontario for just over 10 years. The head office is in Arizona. It has been announced that the finance department in which I work is having all its functions transferred to head office down there. No definitive date has been given other than it is likely to happen some time this year. I have been asking for a letter confirming this and information about my termination package with no response. What should I do?
Employers should always consider the possibility that an employee’s workplace performance issues may be related to a disability such as addiction or mental health issues.
Today, test your knowledge on vacations and vacation pay in Ontario. The answers are at the end of the article but try not to peek.
We often hear about wrongful dismissal
cases but not so often about wrongful quitting
What information can you share at work that may lead to you losing out on a promotion, being passed up for extra training, not receiving your expected raise or bonus, being marginalized in decision making processes or isolated and treated with kid gloves?...... Tell them you are sick.
People often used the term “laid off” to describe a termination due to a shortage of work. That is not what it means. A layoff pursuant to the Employment Standards Act
(ESA) happens when an employee is temporarily sent home with some expectation that they will be recalled to work when things pick up. That is not a termination.