The Employment Law Show

Employment Hour 640 Toronto – S7 E32

A headshot of Employment Lawyer Lior Samfiru, Co-founding Partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, to the right of the Employment Law Show logo. He hosts the show on various Global News radio stations.


Canadian Employment Lawyer Lior Samfiru, founding partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, reveals your workplace rights in Toronto, the surrounding GTA, Hamilton, London and across Ontario.

Lior shatters myths and misconceptions about severance pay, terminations, workplace harassment, overtime pay, wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, duty to accommodate, and more.

What We Covered

01:18 – WEEK THAT WAS: Seasonal employee who worked in landscaping for 11 years. He was told he wouldn’t be called back for his next year of employment and was not given severance because his employer assumed seasonal workers aren’t entitled to compensation. Seasonal workers do get severance pay.

03:26 – CALLER: My wife was laid-off after 16 years of work. She was given 3 months working notice and 14 months of severance with benefits. Is she being properly compensated?

06:07 – CALLER: I am running an event with paid staff, do I need to have contracts or agreements in place?

07:31 WEEK THAT WAS #2: A sales manager, making commission, was let go due to restructuring. He was offered 16 weeks pay based on his base pay, though much of his salary came from cmomission.

09:49 CALLER: I’m Firefighter in the GTA, we have a manditory retirement age at 60 years old. Is this age discrimination and is there anything I can do?

11:41 – CALLER: I was with a company for 10 years and they went bankrupt. I was given severance, but I received a form recently asking about expense. What is that about?

13:12 – CALLER: I have an employee leaving of their own accord, we are currently going through a compensation review process. Is the employee entitled to retroactive pay after their depature?

14:08 – CALLER: I’ve worked for a large retailer for the last 30 years. The company recently changed their full time status and full-time status is no longer gaurenteed. Is this allowed? Is there anything I can do?

16:59 – CALLER: Would a firefighter be able to lodge complaint against his union and file a human rights complaint if they did not consider employment past 60?

18:36 – CALLER: My son works part-time for a well established company. The have their employees on-call to cover any sick leave, but he isn’t compensated for being on-call. Does he have to be compensated for this?

20:43 – CALLER: I am a project manager with a company for 3 and a half years. They recently hired a new team member as a senior manager, we have the same responsibilities but he is being paid more. Is that fair?

23:00 – CALLER: I am a seasonal worker and was hired to a new position last year. Is my company obligated to contact me for work once the new season starts?

25:23 – CALLER: I am a senior driver for my company for the last 2.5 years. I had to take a day off due to illness and my manager wanted me to work anyway. I took the sick day, now my hours have been cut by a day a week. Is that legal?

28:01 – CALLER: My daughter works for a company that is closing soon. She received 2 months notice to let her know that the retail store is closing. Is she entitled to anything more?

29:36 – EMAIL FROM HELP@EMPLOYMENTHOUR.CA: Can you explain why there is such a big difference between what SEVERANCEPAYCALCULATOR.COM says and what the ministry of labour says I am owed?

31:47 – CALLER: I was recruited by a company about 7 months ago for a sales position. I had a disagreement with a senior manager and was fired on the spot as a result. What are my rights for compensation?

34:00 – CALLER: I work for a dental office and have worked there for 3 years. My doctor told me that I need to take stress leave, my employer wants to lay me off permanently due to this.

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