The importance of work to our lives cannot be understated. It is the means by which we keep a roof over our heads. It can provide a sense of identity and sets the very cadence of our daily routines – from morning commutes to lunch breaks and the importance of the weekend.
Worker classification has become a major source of conflict in Canadian employment law. Most media attention in this regard has been given to classification disputes by gig workers (such as the case of whether Uber drivers are employees or contractors). But even outside of the gig economy, classification-related class actions against businesses of all types have been on the rise.
It is a well-established principle of Ontario employment law that, barring exceptional circumstances, the maximum severance period an employee can expect to receive upon dismissal tops out at 24 months. Ontario’s Court of Appeal has reaffirmed this point time and again.