In Ontario, employers are required to provide employees with reasonable advance notice of their dismissal (or payment in lieu thereof). This requirement applies unless the parties have agreed in writing for the employer to provide an alternate lawful entitlement. To qualify as an alternate lawful entitlement, the language must comply in all circumstances with the minimum requirements of the Employment Standards Act, 2000.
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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.
A recent French language decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice indicates that more employers could be subject to liability for an employee entitlement often relegated to the role of afterthought: severance pay.