The Employment Law Show

Employment Law Show: Ontario – S11 E57

Employment lawyer Chris Justice's headshot, next to the Employment Law Show and Samfiru Tumarkin LLP logos. Chris hosts the radio show in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa, Ontario

Episode Summary

What is “quiet quitting”? Is it difficult to terminate an employee for cause? Employment Lawyer Chris Justice, Associate at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, answers those questions and more on the Employment Law Show. 

LISTEN BELOW to Ontario’s premiere radio show about employment law and workplace rights featuring the province’s leading employment lawyers. You can catch the show on Saturdays at 640 Toronto, Newstalk 580 CFRA in Ottawa, and 900 CHML in Hamilton as the hosts take calls from listeners and provide vital answers to employees and employers. 

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Show Notes

  • Let go for cause due to performance issues: It is very difficult to terminate an employee for cause, and it is particularly difficult to justify a termination for cause due to performance. Employers need to implement disciplinary measures and in many cases, performance improvement plans to justify the termination. Employees who have been let go for cause in many cases have been wrongfully dismissed.
  • Employer suggests quiet quitting: Employees worried about the criticism and reviews by their employers should voice their disapproval in writing. The concept of “quiet quitting” refers to an employee who is only performing at the bare minimum and is not going beyond the scope of their duties. Employers can view this as insubordination. Ultimately employees are not expected to perform tasks outside of their position.
  • Pressured to retire from employer: Retirement, as well as a resignation, must be completely voluntary. Employees that are pressured to resign, particularly due to a medical condition, can pursue human rights damages. Employers must accommodate an employee’s condition up until the point of undue hardship. Employees are able to take a medical leave of absence for as long as necessary if they have the support of a treating doctor.
  • Put on probation: Probation periods allow employers to determine if an employee is the right fit for a company, or terminate the employee without offering severance. This evaluation period occurs at the start of employment and is typically three months long. Probation is not automatic and must be consented to in an employment contract.

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