The Employment Law Show

Employment Hour 640 Toronto – S7 E40

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

Why performance issues do not make a dismissal for cause, laws regarding severance pay, what happens if your employer can’t accommodate your disability, severance for summer students, rights with a temporary agency and MORE on The Employment Hour.

Chapter 1:

Severance Pay for Summer Students

A university student was let go from his summer job after two shifts. Are summer students owed severance pay when they are let go? Employment lawyer Lior Samfiru explains how summer work for summer students would be considered a fixed-term contract.

Chapter 2:

Failure to Accommodate a Disability

I’ve been on disability leave for two years from the fast food industry. I am ready to return to work, but I have a disability that I need the company to accommodate. What happens if my employer can’t find a job for me? Am I owed severance pay if they need to let me go? What is the duty to accommodate?

Chapter 3:

Severance Pay for School Board “Contractor”

I was let go from a school board after 18 years of work. They claimed that I was “on contract” for those years. Because I was an Independent Contractor, they didn’t give me any severance pay.

Chapter 4:

Is a Company required by law to pay severance?

Is a company required to pay severance even if the company is closing down?

Chapter 5:

How to obtain better Severance Pay

Chapter 6:

Severance Package for Warehouse Labourer

I was let go after 12 years as a general labourer at a warehouse. How much should my severance package be? Is it two weeks per year or one week per year?

Chapter 7:

Performance Improvement Plan After Hip Surgery

I have been at company for 19 years. After I took a year off for hip surgery, they put me on a performance improvement plan (P.I.P.). How much severance pay am I entitled to if I don’t pass the PIP?

Chapter 8:

Job Canceled by Temporary Agency

I was supposed to work a short job through a temporary agency, but the job was canceled at the last minute. Am I owed any compensation?

Chapter 9:

Amount of Time to Settle a Severance Claim

My friend lost her job of 8.5 years and was offered a 14-week severance package. The lawyer has been working on her case since November 2018. How long does it usually take to resolve a severance claim?

Chapter 10:

Vacation Pay for Part-time Employees

My daughter has been working 3 years part-time in the service industry. She is not getting any vacation pay. Are part-time employees owed vacation pay?

Chapter 11:

Severance Pay for Federally Regulated Employees

I was let go after 6 years for a federally regulated company. I was given 2 weeks’ notice plus 2 days for every year of service. Am I owed more severance pay?

Chapter 12:

Just Cause Termination for Performance Issues

I was let go due to performance issues after 25 years and was not given any severance. They said it was a “just cause” termination.

Chapter 13:

Director of Operations Severance Pay

I was let go from my position as Director of Operations due to restructuring after 18 years. I was offered 18 weeks of severance pay.

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