Employment Law

Ubisoft Layoffs: 45 jobs cut to enhance ‘collective efficiency’

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What’s happening at Ubisoft?

Ubisoft has eliminated 45 jobs within its “Global Publishing central” and “APAC structures” as part of a restructuring.

“Over the past few months, every team within Ubisoft has been exploring ways to streamline our operations and enhance our collective efficiency so that we are better positioned for success in the long term,” the video game giant said in a statement to GameSpot.

The company added that it’s providing “comprehensive support” to affected staff, but didn’t elaborate on the resources employees will have access to.

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Impact on Canadian staff

It remains unclear if any Canadian employees were affected by the latest reduction at Ubisoft.

According to the company’s LinkedIn page, it has more than 2,200 workers in the country.

Termination agreements for Ubisoft employees

In Canada, non-unionized employees at Ubisoft 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 why you are still owed severance if you have been downsized on an episode of the Employment Law Show.

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 job cuts at Ubisoft come amid a flurry of tech sector layoffs in 2024.

Big names, including Amazon, Intel, Lightspeed, Dell, IBM, Cisco, Mozilla, Instacart, BlackBerry, GrammarlyDocuSign, Snap, Zoom, Okta, PayPal, and Salesforce, have also 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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