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IBM Layoffs: Cuts to marketing, communications division

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What’s happening at IBM?

IBM is reportedly cutting jobs in its marketing and communications division.

A source told CNBC that Jonathan Adashek, the tech giant’s chief communications officer, announced the layoffs during a seven-minute meeting.

The reduction comes less than a year after CEO Arvind Krishna said he could “easily see” around 7,800 of the company’s back-office roles replaced by artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in the coming years.

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Impact on Canadian staff

It remains unclear if Canadian employees are affected as IBM trims its marketing and communications division.

According to the company’s LinkedIn page, it has more than 11,000 workers in the country.

Termination agreements for IBM Canada employees

In Canada, non-unionized employees at IBM 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.

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Before accepting a 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 our 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 tech layoffs continue

The reported job cuts at IBM come amid a flurry of tech sector layoffs in 2024.

Big names, including Electronic Arts, Rivian, Cisco, Mozilla, Instacart, Grammarly, Amazon, DocuSign, Snap, Zoom, Okta, PayPal, Salesforce, and eBay, have pulled out the axe as they continue to navigate challenging economic conditions.

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Lost your job? Talk to an employment lawyer

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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