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Terminations and Layoffs of Employees: Best Practices for Canadian Employers

May 16, 2023 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Every business has to make difficult decisions when it comes to staffing, particularly in times of economic uncertainty. Employers, including their management and human resource teams, have the unenviable task of balancing the interests of the business with compassion and responsibility towards the affected employees, while also ensuring that employment laws are carefully followed.

Join our Employment & Labour lawyers for an informative session on best practices for successfully managing employee dismissals and reductions in force, both large and small.


  • Employment standards and contractual and common law obligations

  • Collective agreement considerations in the unionized context

  • Mass termination and collective dismissal thresholds and requirements

  • Effective strategies for managing severance costs

  • Termination-letter best practices


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