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“Severance” at common law is tied to the amount of termination notice an employee should be given

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT

How To Maximize Your Severance Pay?

The severance package that an employer should pay to a terminated employee depends on a number of factors. Relevant factors include, among others: length of service, age, reason for dismissal, the position the employee held within the company, compensation, whether the employee was actively recruited and the general economy. Employers will often present a terminated employee with a severance package and request that they sign the offer quickly. However, employees should carefully review a severance package offer, ideally with legal counsel, prior to signing. An experienced lawyer will be able to inform you of your entitlements under the law, and provide advice on how to maximize your severance pay. Most employees are offered much less severance than they are owed.

Severance exists in provincial legislation in Ontario, in the form of the Employment Standards Act, but common law remedies tend to be much greater for most employees in Ontario. To obtain a common law remedy it is normally best to seek legal counsel. There is no easy calculation to determine the amount of severance that an employee will receive at common law. The factors mentioned above will be weighed and examined in the particular circumstances of each case. That being said, the normal maximum range for common law reasonable notice is between 18 and 24 months. Further, courts in Ontario have found damages for breach of the implied obligation of good faith and fair dealing over and above the 24-month base notice period.

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It should be noted that the term “severance package” is typically used to describe the total payout that a terminated employee will receive. However, “severance pay” is actually a defined term in the Employment Standards Act. It compensates employees for losses (like loss of seniority) that happen when a long-term employee is terminated. In order to qualify for severance pay an employer must have worked for the employer for at least five years and the employer must either have a payroll of $2.5 million or have severed 50+ employees in a six-month period as a result of a business closure.

Relevant cases dealing with severance packages and pay include Wallace v. United Grain Growers Ltd. (1997), 152 D.L.R. (4th) 1, (1997) 3 S.C.R. 701; Suttie v. Metro Transit Operating Co., (1983), 1 C.C.E.L. 123; and Kreager v. Davidson (1992), 44 C.C.E.L. 261. Please note that the above information does not constitute legal advice. It is general information about the law. If you require legal advice and assistance in an employment matter, please contact the experts at Ball Professional Corporation.

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Steven Wang
Steven Wang
19:58 18 Mar 19
Stacey was the third lawyer that I had hired to represent me, after the previous two didn't achieve anything for me. Stacey is very different. He is not only the author of Canadian Employment Law with profound knowledge and experience, he is also the most efficient one, direct to the point. He is the toughest one, well known by HR people, and he takes care of his client all by himself. There is no junior lawyers under him. That's the big difference comparing with other big employment law firms on Google, where I could only meet with a young lawyer with little experience. After he spoke with me for 45 minutes, he found the best way to break through. He didn't need to ask for a lot of document and he didn't bill hours to review them. His fee structure is aligned with his client's best interest. My problem was solved very quickly with a great result, and I only have to meet with him twice and exchange some emails. He's not just a tough fighter and negotiator, he got great strategy to make a deal. He answered my emails during the holidays. He comes in the office very early, and we had a conference call at 7am in the morning when we need to make a quick decision. To me, he is the best employment lawyer, a patient teacher and a friend. I strongly recommend him to those who need help.
Aiden Nix
Aiden Nix
01:13 06 Apr 19
Stacey was super helpful and increased my settlement a significant amount. He is very busy so you have to chase him down a bit but that is minor issue compared to all of the positives. Overall if you need a good labour lawyer then talk to him right away. He is THE lawyer to go to in Ontario!Thanks Stacey!
Sergei R
Sergei R
05:01 06 Dec 18
My experience with Stacey R. Ball was very positive. His fees are reasonable and value I received for the money was outstanding. Luckily, after his advice my situation was resolved almost amicably. You will not believe how reasonable some people can become after they start suspecting you have a good lawyer. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you suspect you might need a lawyer in the future because of some developing situation at work, I highly recommend you wait no more and talk to Stacey.
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Danny T
18:34 26 Feb 19
Stacey has recently represented me. He’s patient, but to the point which I can appreciate. No fluff. He worked quickly and even responded during his holidays. Definitely highly recommended.
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Alexa Arsenault
19:36 01 Nov 18
If I could give Stacey Ball 30 stars I would! Stacey was right on the “ball” when it came to my legal matter. I called his office and his efficient staff scheduled me for an appointment the next day. He’s a great listener and comes to the point quickly, confidently, and succinctly. He explained best and worst case scenarios and dealt with my matter without delay. He was successful in concluding my legal matter to my satisfaction and met all my expectations. I highly recommend Stacey for all your legal matters.Alexa
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