Employment relationships may come to an end for several reasons. The reasons for the separation, and the type of dismissal that occurs, will impact an employer’s obligations to the terminated employee.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unique challenges to the workplace environment where changing regulations and business realities have caused some employers to consider and implement layoffs.
Employers making dismissal decisions would be best served with employment contracts that grant flexibility in these circumstances with a properly drafted layoff clause. Why? Because the current pandemic has proven that we are not always as prepared as we think we are and must always be prepared for the unexpected.