Ontario employees who lose their job are required to take reasonable steps to replace their lost income. Severance is intended to bridge the gap while an individual is out of work, and there is a legal requirement that, where possible, a person take all reasonable steps to stem the flow of their losses.
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Job loss almost always comes as a shock. Many people define themselves by their job — when this disappears, it takes part of their identity. Luckily, job loss does not usually mean an immediate loss of income, since most dismissals involve some financial payment (usually referred to as “severance”).
Calculating notice periods, dealing with wrongful dismissal claims, and considering the pandemic as a factor in a reasonable notice period are discussed in this article.