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Report: Flexport to lay off 20% of workforce, second cut in months

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Flexport is reportedly planning to eliminate nearly 20 per cent of its total workforce.

What’s happening at Flexport?

According to a report by The Information, Flexport could begin cutting jobs “in the coming weeks.”

News outlets, including TechCrunch and Reuters, reached out to the San Francisco-based logistics provider for more information.

Liyan Chen, head of communications for the company, declined to comment on the report in an email to TechCrunch.

The potential reduction comes just months after Flexport laid off hundreds of employees in October.

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Impact on Canadian staff

It remains unclear if Canadian employees will be affected by a fresh round of layoffs at Flexport.

According to the company’s LinkedIn page, it has more than 80 workers in the country.

Termination agreements for Flexport employees

In Canada, non-unionized employees at Flexport are owed full severance pay when they lose their jobs due to downsizing, corporate restructuring, or the closure of the business.

This includes individuals working full-time, part-time, or hourly in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C.

People working “on contract” or as a contractor may also be owed severance pay — given that many employees in Canada are often misclassified as independent contractors.

Severance can be as much as 24 months’ pay, depending on a number of factors.

WATCH: Employment lawyer Lior Samfiru explains what rights employees have if they are being fired or let go on an episode of the Employment Law Show.

Before you accept any severance offer, double-check the amount using our firm’s free Severance Pay Calculator. It has helped millions of Canadians determine their entitlements.

In addition to your salary, make sure to factor in any other elements of your compensation (i.e. bonuses, commission, etc.).

If your employer’s offer falls short of what the Severance Pay Calculator says you are owed, it’s very likely that you have been wrongfully dismissed and should contact an experienced employment lawyer at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

Non-unionized employees in Canada have up to two years from the date of their dismissal to pursue proper severance pay.

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Major layoffs continue

The potential reduction at Flexport comes amid a flurry of layoffs in 2024.

Notable employers, including Levi Strauss, Microsoft, Rona, eBay, Brex, Wayfair, Amazon, YouTube, Newell Brands, Instagram, Citigroup, BlackRock, and Indigo, are significantly scaling back their staffing levels as they continue to navigate challenging economic conditions.

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If you have been fired or let go for any reason, contact the experienced employment law team at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

Our lawyers in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C. have successfully represented tens of thousands of non-unionized individuals.

In addition to severance package negotiations, we can assist you on a broad range of employment matters, including:

If you are a non-unionized employee who needs help with a workplace issue, contact us or call 1-855-821-5900 to get the advice you need and the compensation you deserve.

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