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Telehouse expands Toronto data network with 3 new centres: Employee rights

A number of computer servers stacked one on top of the other, potentially operated by KDDI Canada.

Telehouse, a global data centre service provider owned by Japanese telecommunications operator KDDI, is expanding to Canada with three new data centres in downtown Toronto. Located at 151 Front St. W., 250 Front St. W., and 905 King St. W., these facilities were acquired last year for $1.35 billion and will serve as key hubs for internet traffic, enabling connections among various internet carriers, service providers, cloud providers, and content providers.

Key Details:

  • Purpose: Facilitate internet traffic flow and interconnectivity
  • Capacity: Over 30 megawatts of IT load
  • Carrier Neutrality: Independent operation, facilitating unbiased interconnections

Quotes from Company Representatives:

  • Andy Fenton, Director of Sales and Marketing for Telehouse Canada: He highlighted the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of downtown locations, adding that “we don’t pick favourites. We operate completely independent of all the carriers.”
  • Satoshi Adachi, President and CEO of Telehouse Canada: Adachi emphasized the growing demand for connectivity services due to 5G and IoT, stating that “as more devices come online and data volumes continue to explode, the connectivity data centre services we provide will become even more essential.”

KDDI Canada’s expansion aligns with the federal government’s plans to extend high-speed internet access to 98% of Canadians by 2026 and the entire population by 2030

Future Expansion Plans:

  • Toronto: Additional locations considered once current centres reach capacity
  • Other Cities: Possible expansion to Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary based on demand

Telehouse currently operates 45 interconnected data centres in more than 10 countries, serving 3,000 global customers. This extensive network highlights Telehouse’s commitment to providing robust and reliable data centre services worldwide.

If you are thinking about working for Telehouse or KDDI Canada, here are a few things that non-unionized employees need to keep in mind.

Carefully review your new employment contract

Before starting a new job in Ontario, it’s very likely that you will be asked to sign an employment contract. In many cases, these agreements take away key protections that would otherwise be available to non-unionized workers in the province.

Your employer might attempt to limit your severance package to a few weeks’ pay, or add a clause that gives them the ability to make significant changes to your job.

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Once you receive an employment contract, take the time to carefully review it. Your boss can’t legally force you to accept it immediately or a few days after receiving it.

If you are unsure about anything in the agreement, contact an experienced employment lawyer at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP. We can review the contract and ensure that your workplace rights are properly protected.

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You might have to complete a probationary period

In Ontario, employment contracts often contain a “probation clause” that requires non-unionized employees to complete a probationary period when they start working for a new company.

If your employer doesn’t indicate the existence of a probationary period in your agreement, it won’t be considered “valid” or “in effect.”

Fired during your probationary period?

If you are fired or let go before the probationary period ends, the company may still owe you a severance package.

Your entitlements depend on what you agreed to in the employment contract.

However, if you are terminated after a legitimate three-month probationary period, your employer is required to provide you with working notice or pay in lieu of notice (i.e. severance pay).

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Severance pay considerations

Before changing jobs, you need to consider future severance possibilities.

Compensation for non-unionized employees in Ontario can be as much as 24 month’s pay. It’s calculated using several factors, including:

  • Age
  • Length of service
  • Position at the company
  • Ability to find new work

If you quit your current job, you may not be owed severance

In most cases, non-unionized workers in Ontario don’t get a severance package if they resign from their position voluntarily to take up employment elsewhere.

Severance is designed to provide employees with financial support while they look for new work after being fired without cause or let go.

However, if you are forced to leave because of unwanted changes to your job, it’s very likely that you could treat it as a constructive dismissal. In this situation, the law allows you to resign and pursue full severance pay.

If you believe that you have been constructively dismissed, don’t quit your job until you speak with an experienced employment lawyer at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

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Your length of service affects your severance entitlements

If you are fired without cause or let go, a key factor in determining how much severance pay you are owed is your length of service.

  • Example: If you worked for a company in Toronto for 15 years and decide to take a new job in Sarnia that you sought out on your own, you forfeit the severance entitlements you built up with your current employer. As a result, if you are fired without cause or let go shortly after joining the new business, you could receive very little compensation.

However, there are situations where short-service employees are owed significantly more severance pay than they realize.

If your employer fires you without cause, and you have only been with the company for three years or less, don’t accept your severance offer before contacting our firm. You have two years from the date of your dismissal to pursue full severance pay. We can review the offer and help you secure the compensation that you are legally entitled to.

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Recruited by another company?

In some cases, non-unionized workers in Ontario leave their current job after being actively recruited by another company. If your new employer took documented steps to entice you to take up employment with them, this is known as inducement.

In the event that the company decides to terminate you shortly after pulling you away from your previous employer, the inducement should be taken into consideration when determining your severance entitlements.

  • Example: Asahi Kasei entices you to leave your current job to come work at its EV facility in Port Colborne. If you are terminated shortly after making the switch, the company may be on the hook for enhanced severance pay because of the pressure it placed on you to leave your previous employer.

If this situation applies to you, don’t sign your severance offer until it’s been reviewed by a member of our team. We can confirm that the inducement has been properly factored into your severance package and help you secure the compensation you deserve if it isn’t.

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Looking to change jobs? Speak to an employment lawyer

Before signing a new employment contract, have the experienced employment law team at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP review the agreement to make sure your workplace rights are protected.

Our lawyers in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C. have successfully represented tens of thousands of non-unionized individuals. We can help you better understand the terms of the contract and advise you on how best to navigate the situation.

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