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Making Sense of Severance: What You Need to Understand About “Severance”

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Much of a lawyer’s job is to clarify various misconceptions that clients have about the law – i.e., about how our society addresses problems that people commonly encounter.  Legal jargon can seem almost intentionally designed to confuse, and the terminology we use the area of employment and labour law is no exception. Today, I’ll take some time to address a source of confusion that Canadians will very likely encounter at some point, perhaps many, in their lives: the concept of ‘severance’. How one might stumble over this innocuous term can be illustrated in one simple sentence: “Your severance package may…

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What is Constructive Dismissal?

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Work is a big part of our lives.  For many of us, it provides not only income stability, but meaning and dignity.  Indeed, the difference between a job you love and one that you need to drag yourself to everyday can be the difference between feeling fulfilled, and feeling you’re in a funk.  The stress can accumulate, undermining your health and well-being as well as those of the people you care about. At some point, a miserable job simply isn’t worth sticking with. So what should someone in such a situation do?  Resign? Resignation will generally mean that you give…

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Why Do You Need an Employment Lawyer?

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Many employees know only the legal basics when it comes to job loss and what they might be entitled to if they did, in fact, lose their job.  One might be vaguely familiar with the concept of a ‘severance package’, or understand that being terminated ‘for cause’ is a mess to be avoided.  In my experience, many know much less than even this – and, of course, this is only the very tip of the iceberg. The reality is that many employees ultimately pay the price for not knowing when to stand up to their employer and assert their rights….

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