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.
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.
What do you get when you combine a fixed-term contract, an unenforceable termination clause and an early termination? In short, an employee that will be paid for the balance of the contract and an employer with an unexpected severance obligation.