Anyone facing a layoff due to COVID-19 should understand how to apply for federal government assistance through the Employment Insurance program, and know your rights if the pandemic persists and the economy slides into a recession.
If you work for a company in dire financial straits, then insolvency layoffs are a reality, as is a bankruptcy. This articles help employees understand their rights in these circumstances.
Recognizing the Signs of an Unlawful Layoff | Layoffs must meet very specific conditions outlined in the Employment Standards Act. Some employers cycle their employees through random sham layoffs, making work schedules and income so unpredictable that employees end up quitting in frustration. This is a common cost saving tactic during economic downturns to avoid termination pay.
A termination is legally different from a layoff. Yet these terms are often used interchangeably. The legal implications, as well as your entitlements are different depending on the strategy your employer has taken. How do you confirm your layoff is not a sham being used to swindle you out of these entitlements? Find out.