The Employment Law Show

Employment Law Show: Ontario – S11 E66

Employment lawyer Alex Lucifero's headshot, next to the Employment Law Show and Samfiru Tumarkin LLP logos. Alex hosts the radio show in Toronto and London, Ontario

Episode Summary

Can an employee be laid off due to a medical leave of absence? Employment Lawyer Alex Lucifero, a Managing Partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, answers this question and more on the Employment Law Show.

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Show Notes

  • Signing a yearly contract for many years: Individuals that have signed repeated contracts for many years are effectively considered to be employees and are owed employee rights and entitlements. Upon termination or an end to many contract renewals, employees would still be owed severance pay. Many employees are mistakenly classified as contract employees.
  • Laid off due to illness: Employees cannot be laid off or terminated as a result of a medical condition or illness. Employees with a doctor’s note, are able to take a medical leave of absence in order to recover. Employers that are unable to accommodate an employee’s condition due to a permanent inability to work at all, must offer minimum entitlements.
  • Let go due to substance abuse problem: Substance abuse and addiction are considered to be disabilities. Employees that are open and honest with their employer and are seeking treatment cannot be penalized. As addiction is considered a disability, it is a human rights violation to terminate an employee as a result.

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