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Employment Hour in 30: The Employment Law Show S3 E4 – Never Thought It Would Happen To Me

Employment Hour in 30: The Employment Law Show S3 E4 – Never Thought It Would Happen To Me

Employment Hour in 30: the Employment Law Show with employment lawyer Lior Samfiru and John Scholes – How to handle workplace harassment.

Discover your workplace rights in Ontario and British Columbia on Season 3 Episode 4 of the only employment law show on TV in Canada.

► 2:12 A 15 year employee was let go for cause after being written up 3 times for being late. Does a 3 strike policy justify a termination for cause, without severance pay?

► 4:58 A caller from The Employment Hour: I was laid off after 7 years over a pay dispute. They said they were eliminating my position, but I think they were lying. I accepted 2 weeks of severance pay, but says I’m owed much more than that. Is there anything I can do?

► 8:23 A caller from The Employment Hour: Our company is being taken over by another company. The rumour is that our tenure with the previous company won’t be considered if we are fired. Is that true?

► 10:35 I Never Thought It Would Happen To Me…
• 10:44 – The company says they have to cut my pay significantly, or I will end up without a job in a few months. Lior explains why this may be constructive dismissal
• 12:12 – I was recruited by a larger company from a previous job I had for decades. Just 5 months later, I was let go because I wasn’t a good fit.
• 14:01 – My new coworker is harassing me non-stop, and our supervisor is actually encouraging the behaviour! I’m not sure how much longer I can put up with it.
• 15:30 – After 6 months on a medical leave, I was ready to slowly ease back into work. But, my boss says they don’t have a need for me anymore.

► 18:00 The Severance Pay Calculator and why over 500,000 Canadians have used it to discover their rights, when a wrongful dismissal scenario is at play.

► 19:36 The Severance Pay Calculator example scenario: 59-year-old Tom was a professional at a federally-regulated company for 23 years. He was fired and offered a $58,000 severance package (his salary was $85,000). His employer gave him a 3 day offer deadline. If that deadline passes, they will only offer him his minimum severance under the Canada Labour Code.

► 21:40 A caller from The Employment Hour: My wife was 5 months pregnant when she was let go from a financial institution, along with under 50 other employees. Is the company supposed to help her look for a new job?

► 24:51 A caller from The Employment Hour: I worked for a construction company for 15 years. The boss told me that they no longer had work for me. The said they couldn’t pay severance because business was slow. When I pushed back, they said I don’t get anything because I’m in construction. Is that right?

► 26:36 I was just told this week that I have to sign a new employment agreement and that if I don’t sign it in 1 week, I will be fired. What can I do?

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