Employers have very little leeway to fire you without adequate compensation. There are many legal instruments that discourage them from doing so for trivial reasons or for false and unproven accusations. Our laws inflict severe penalties on employers who pursue such allegations and then miss the mark. Ontario employees can take comfort that the law is firmly on your side in this matter.
Unjustly Dismissed? You will likely be under a lot of stress when seeking out legal services. Hiring a lawyer can be both time and cost intensive. Here are 5 tips to assist you in this process.
You have just been let go by your employer. This is going to impact you financially and without doubt, you are in for a stressful period ahead. If they offered you Notice and Severance, it is time to take a very close look at the details. These payments represent a financial bridge until you are employed again. In order to make sure you do not leave money behind, you need to understand your legal entitlements.
The human condition is such that anyone can suffer an illness or become disabled at any time. It can occur suddenly or manifest itself over time. It can impact your life, your employment and in turn, your financial stability. That is why Ontario’s Human Rights Code offers employees some protection under these circumstances. When an illness or disability strikes, your employer must make reasonable efforts to ensure you remain employed. This is known as an employer’s duty to accommodate.
if you are on Long Term Disability Benefits the most volatile period of your relationship with your insurer will happen at the two year mark. Some policies limit their coverage at this stage. And this is also when many insurance companies begin aggressive campaigns to force you back to work into any occupation. Even if your medical situation remains unchanged you may find your disability benefits cut off completely or severely limited.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+. These are powerful social media tools. Their use has proliferated throughout the world giving voice to ordinary citizens. Our Constitution offers Freedom of Speech to all Canadians. However, when it comes to social media rules for workplaces, everyone should take pause. You are not as free as you believe to say whatever you want on this public domain.
One in three Canadians will be disabled for 90 days or more, on at least one occasion, before the age of 65. Some workplaces offer their employees disability benefits as part of their compensation package. These are excellent “peace of mind” benefits. Or are they? Anyone who has tried to apply for these benefits will suggest otherwise.
As an ill or disabled employee, you may have tried to access your employment disability benefits. If so, you already know they are not the “peace of mind” contracts you believed them to be. Almost all short term disability benefits are denied by private insurers. Bram Lecker makes the argument for how simple it would be for the Federal Government to implement a National STD Insurance Plan for all Canadians, replacing the current circus playing out through private employment run plans.
Anatomy of Short Term Disability Claims. A majority of short term disability claims get denied. The insurance company will likely determine your condition to be ineligible or not serious enough. It does not matter whether this is completely contrary to a diagnosis by trained medical professionals. What is going on here?
The Canadian Federal Employment Insurance (EI) program is a social safety net that covers eligible employees temporarily for some income loss when this happens. If you receive notice and/or severance as part of your layoff, then you must understand the implications of severance pay and Employment Insurance.