Fixed-term contracts can seem like a useful tool for employers that may not require an employee indefinitely. However, while they appear straightforward, fixed-term contracts come with certain risks and complexities that both employers and employees should know.
Most employers in Ontario are aware of the notice requirements under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (the “ESA”) in the event of a termination. However, not all employers are aware that these entitlements can increase drastically if the number of employees terminated triggers a mass termination under the ESA.
National employers are well aware that the legislated employment standards differ widely between provinces. Keeping up with the changing law in different jurisdictions can be a challenge for companies with a workforce that is spread across the country. Since the pandemic, understanding the implications of employees working remotely from another province has also become a pressing issue for smaller businesses.