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.
The Ontario government has tabled Bill 79, Working for Workers Act, 2023, which, if passed, would provide further protections for remote and precarious employees under various employment statutes. This post outlines some of the key proposed changes of interest for employers and payroll.
Employment standards statutes in each Canadian jurisdiction contain special provisions for minimum termination notice or pay in lieu thereof, which apply when a prescribed number of employees will be terminated within a particular timeframe.