The law surrounding your rights and obligations in the employment context is found in many different statutes including the Employment Standards Act, the Canada Labour Code, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Canadian Human Rights Code, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, among others. In addition, there is a history of jurisprudence and case law that has developed over time by judges deciding cases brought before the courts, that collectively makes up the Common Law. Depending upon your fact situation, both statutory and common law principles may apply.
If you have been served with a termination letter or are thinking about quitting, you need to first know what laws are applicable and how they will affect your rights. Only an experienced employment lawyer can guide you through this process and help you achieve the most favourable outcome. Similarly, if you are en employer considering the termination of an employee’s contract of employment, you should consult with an employment lawyer to ensure compliance with the applicable laws.