Firing An Employee

Firing an employee is harder than you think. Each province sets its own laws and standards. Knowing those applying to you is key to avoiding wrongful dismissals. Or worse – legal challenges.

From the right severance pay to giving enough notice, there’s a lot to keep track of. And getting anything wrong can be costly for your business. But our experts can help you make it easy. We’ll ensure you’re following HR best practices and keep you compliant.

What Employer’s Should Know About Firing An Employee

Knowing the ins-and-outs of employee firings is vital. There are cases where you cannot let an employee go. Or where you don’t have to pay severance. That’s why getting the right advice before handling a termination helps protect your business.

Employers should keep the following in mind:


  • Give written notice
  • Provide termination pay or pay in lieu of notice, except in certain cases
  • Keep a clear firing clause in your contracts


  • Refuse a positive reference. Employers are advised to verify former employees’ dates of employment, positions, titles, and duties without further comment
  • Assume just cause to fire an employee without notice – unless you have proof of serious misconduct
  • Misinform staff of their termination package

Constructive Dismissal

There are more ways than one to terminate an employee, such as a constructive dismissal. This can occur when a worker resigns due to changes in their job. Specifically, when you change a major employment term or condition without their actual or implied consent.

A series of small changes can also lead to a constructive dismissal. When enough smaller changes affect an employee’s work, they could lead to a resignation. This is a complex area of law. And getting any part of it wrong can be costly to your business.

Our advisors can help you avoid these challenges and know exactly what steps to take when it comes to terminating an employee.

Get expert help for employee firings.

It is critical employers understand how employee firings can impact their business. Knowing what to do is difference between an easy process and a long or costly one.

Our HR experts are available 24/7 to answer any of your questions. If you’re looking for advice on employee dismissals or any other employment-related matter call us at, 1-833-247-3650