Tips and Tricks From HR Experts

What is Constructive Dismissal?

Darcy Michaud, CHRL - Sep 17, 2018 3:24:00 PM

When an employer hires an employee, and terms are settled upon via the employment agreement, a written contract takes force.  Often employers don’t realize that the terms in the agreement are binding on ‘both’ parties, and as important, require mutual consent to change said terms.  This is where employers who take actions to unilaterally change the terms of employment run into trouble.  Such actions could be considered ‘constructive dismissal.’ 

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Topics: Industrial Staffing, HR Compliance, HR Law, Termination

Can You Terminate an Employee for Poor Performance in Ontario?

Ashley Wesley - Feb 5, 2018 12:20:00 PM

Are your employees performing poorly? Read ahead to figure out if you can terminate them based on their performance.


Terminating an employee with cause is never an easy bar to reach. Terminating an employee with cause for poor performance requires diligence from the employer. Where most employers fall short is in the lack of process and consistency that are essential to an effective performance management plan. Many employers implement their performance management tools and evaluations ‘as needed’ or worse, ‘when needed’. So why is this a problem for employers? Much the same as an attendance management program, for a performance management program to result in a termination for cause, it must be non-punitive in its intention, and it must be administered consistently to all employees.

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Topics: HR Management, HR Services, Disciplinary Process, Termination, Performance Management

Why Avoid Using the Term "Severance Package"?

Darcy Michaud, CHRL - May 28, 2017 11:30:31 AM


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Topics: Termination