Employment Law

Netflix Canada: Severance Packages

A hand points a remote at an ambiguous streaming service on slightly obscured TV screen. Netflix Canada employees are entitled to full severance when they lose their job.

Netflix is one of the world’s top entertainment streaming services and production companies.

The streaming giant has 222 million paid subscribed users in over 190 countries, and allows its members to watch TV series, feature films, and documentaries commercial-free, as well as play mobile games.

Netflix made its Canadian debut on September 22, 2010.

The company employs a workforce of over 11,300 employees worldwide, and includes numerous subsidiaries including, Netflix Animation, Next Games, Boss Fight Entertainment, Scanline VFX, Night School Studio, and Millarworld.

Recent layoffs at Netflix

  • April 2024: Netflix is eliminating roles in its film division as part of a “major restructure.”
  • October 2023: Netflix is reportedly planning to trim its animation unit as the streaming giant restructures the division.
  • June 2022: Netflix announces a second round of layoffs, affecting 300 employees mostly in the U.S. The company has hinted at more terminations to come in 2022.
  • May 2022: Due to a significant 200,000 drop in subscribers and revenue, Netflix announced it has laid off roughly 150 employees, predominantly across the United States.

LISTEN: Employment lawyer Chris Justice comments on layoffs at Netflix and discusses their employees rights and entitlements on an episode of the Employment Law Show.

Severance pay for Netflix Canada employees

In Canada, non-unionized employees at Netflix can get up to 24 months of severance pay when they are fired or laid off from their job.

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

Severance is the compensation a non-unionized worker in Canada receives from their employer when they are fired without cause.

Even if you are fired for cause, it’s very likely that you are still entitled to full severance pay because employees often don’t meet the conditions necessary for this type of dismissal.

Severance for provincially regulated employees
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Severance packages in mass layoffs

Regardless of a company’s grasp on employment law, they are legally required to provide proper compensation following a termination.

This concept applies during challenging economic conditions, downsizing, the closure of a business, or major public health events such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

WATCH: Employment lawyer Lior Samfiru explains everything you need to know about severance pay on an episode of the Employment Law Show.

The employment lawyers at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP have represented tens of thousands of employees over the years in severance package negotiations.

We have successfully secured much larger amounts for individuals employed across a variety of positions, from entry level jobs to executives.

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How to properly calculate severance pay

Employers often incorrectly calculate severance pay. There is a belief that severance pay is one week’s pay, two weeks’ pay, or a week for every year of service an employee has with the company.

For non-unionized employees, the main factors of termination or severance pay include age, length of service, position, bonuses, benefits, and the ability to find new work.

To figure out how much compensation you may be entitled to, use our firm’s Pocket Employment Lawyer.

• Severance Pay in Ontario
• Alberta severance packages
• Understanding severance in B.C.
Layoffs in Canada

Don’t sign on the dotted line!

Do not accept any severance offer, termination papers, or exit agreement that Netflix may provide you with.

Once you sign these documents, you eliminate your ability to negotiate your severance package.

Generally speaking, if an employee doesn’t receive the proper amount of severance pay when they lose their job, it’s possible that they have been wrongfully dismissed.

An employment lawyer at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP can review your situation and explain how much compensation you are legally entitled to.

Talk to an employment lawyer

The knowledgeable employment law team at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP has helped tens of thousands of non-unionized individuals across the country.

In addition to severance package negotiations, our lawyers have experience securing solutions for the following employment matters:

Our lawyers in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C. stand ready to help you solve your workplace issues.

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

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Disclaimer: The materials above are provided as general information about the rights of non-unionized employees in Canada. It is not specific to any one company and should not be read as suggesting any improper conduct on the part of any specific employer.

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