Whatever expression is used, whether it is “fired”, “let go,” “dismissed,” or “permanently laid off”, they all describe the situation when employment is terminated by an employer.

If you have been offered a severance package from your employer and you need a qualified, objective review, allow us to scrutinize the details of the information through the eyes of experience. MacDonald & Associates helps ensure you are treated fairly. There is widespread misunderstanding regarding the law of dismissal in Canada. To begin with, employees can be dismissed at any time, for almost any reason. However, unless there is just cause for dismissal, employees must be provided with notice or “severance” in accordance with the legislation and common law. Above all, if an employer fails to treat you fairly and reasonably, you may be entitled to extraordinary damages. In recent months, several six and seven figure awards have been handed to employees where employers failed to meet their legal obligations. We can advise you as to whether your employer truly had just cause to dismissal you and, if appropriate, help you seek compensation for damages suffered in the course of dismissal; after all, Natalie wrote the book on Extraordinary Damages in Canadian Employment Law.

If your employment is terminated, our firm offers expertise and sage advice during this stressful experience. We help ensure your offer is both reasonable and fair. In addition to assessing how many months of notice to which you are entitled, we will help you understand whether all obligations have been met, including variable compensation such as bonuses and commissions, car allowances, pensions, stock options, and medical, dental and disability benefits. We can work with you to negotiate a reasonable outcome, and if that cannot be achieved through negotiation, then we will represent you in your claim against the company. You can trust and rely on our advice and expertise.