The Employment Law Show

Employment Hour 580 CFRA – S1 E1

A headshot of Employment Lawyer Alex Lucifero, Partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, to the right of the Employment Law Show logo. He hosts the show on Newstalk 580 CFRA in Ottawa, Ontario.


Ottawa Employment Lawyer Alex Lucifero, Managing Associate at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, reveals your workplace rights in Ontario on The Employment Hour.

Every Saturday at 5pm on Newstalk 580 CFRA, Samfiru Tumarkin LLP shatters myths and misconceptions about severance pay, terminations, workplace harassment, overtime pay, wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, duty to accommodate, and more.

What We Covered

– WEEK THAT WAS #1: A 55-yr-old employee with 11 years of service was temporarily laid off, with no hard return date. Is a temporary layoff still a termination?

– The Severance Pay Calculator

– WEEK THAT WAS #2: A 67-year-old employee was terminated after 15 years at the company. He was offered 4 months of severance pay. Was he owed more?

– CALLER: I’m 43, and have just been fired for allegedly abandoning my post (I was on disability for 6 years). I worked at the federally-regulated company for 20 years. Am I owed any severance pay? Alex talks about severance packages for federally regulated staff.

– Is it more difficult to terminate for cause an employee who has worked for a long period of time, rather than a short service employee?

– Is somebody who has only worked for a few months entitled to severance pay?

– If a termination occurs with cause, does an employer still need to pay severance?

– CALLER: I worked at a company for 15 years. They decreased my hours during the last 2 years. I decided to resign, and take a job elsewhere. Am I owed any severance? Is this Constructive Dismissal?

– How can a termination for cause impact on a person’s future employment? What should you tell a prospective employer during a job interview?

– Is there a rule of thumb that determines how much severance somebody should get?

– CALLER: I worked for an employer for over one year, but was being treated like a contractor rather than an employee. What’s the difference between an employee and a contractor?

– There is a two year limitation period on claims for severance pay.

– CALLER: I believe I have been discriminated against because of my age when applying for jobs? Can an employer legally deny a job based on age?

– CALLER: My brother worked as a service technician for 5 years when the owner closed down the company. The employer reopened the business at a new location. Is my brother owed any severance pay?

Experiencing an Employment Issue?

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Use The Severance Pay Calculator to find out how much severance pay you may be owed upon termination.

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