The Employment Law Show

Top Misconceptions of Termination | Employment Law Show TV – S1 E1

Episode Summary

TOP MISCONCEPTIONS OF TERMINATION, severance pay deadlines, performance improvement plans and more on Season 1 Episode 1 of the Employment Law Show with employment lawyer Lior Samfiru, Partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

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Episode Notes

Bonus and Severance Pay

How does a bonus factor into severance pay?

Lior Samfiru explains the relationship between an employee’s bonus and their severance package.

How does a bonus factor into severance pay

Segment starts at 1:13


1️⃣ Work at least 5 years to receive severance pay

Myth: You need to work at least 5 years to receive severance pay
Fact: You do not need to work at least 5 years at a company in order to qualify for severance pay

Segment starts at 4:15

2️⃣ Amount Per Year of Service

Myth: You are only entitled to 1 or 2 weeks of severance pay per year of service
FACT: You are likely entitled to more than 1 or 2 weeks of severance pay per year of service.

Segment starts at 5:19

3️⃣ Fired vs. Laid Off

Myth: If you are fired, rather than “laid off”, you don’t get severance
FACT: If you are fired rather than “laid off” you still get severance

Segment starts at 6:57

4️⃣ Severance for Short Service Workers

Myth: Short service employees get very little severance
FACT: Short-service employees are sometimes owed more severance than long service employees

Segment starts at 7:55

5️⃣ Severance for Contractors

Myth: Being on contract means you don’t get severance
FACT: You may still be owed severance pay, despite being called a contractor or independent contractor.

Segment starts at 9:05

Severance Deadlines

How much time do you have to consider a severance offer? Are severance offer deadlines legal?

Lior Samfiru explains that an individual has up to two years from the moment of their termination to file a claim for full severance pay.

Segment starts at 10:44

Fired after Chemotherapy

I was fired shortly after going through chemotherapy. Am I owed any severance pay after 23 years of service with the company?

Lior Samfiru explains that an employee can’t be let go from their job due to a medical issue. Use the Severance Pay Calculator to find out how much you are owed after 23 years of service with a company.

Segment starts at 13:43

Put on Performance Improvement Plan

Can you be put on a Performance Improvement Plan without being made aware of it?

Segment starts at 19:28


1️⃣ Make sure you have a copy of your Employment Agreement or Employment Contract

Segment starts at 21:49

2️⃣ Make arrangements to retrieve your belongings and return any company property

Segment starts at 23:05

3️⃣ Accept any career counselling offered by your employer

Segment starts at 23:30

4️⃣ Get legal advice BEFORE accepting a Severance offer

Segment starts at 24:01

Fired for Taking Time Off for Family

Can my employer fire me for taking time off to deal with family issues?

Segment starts at 25:22

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