How to handle a termination

Terminations are stressful situations and a highway to costly legal battles
By Natalie C. MacDonald
|Canadian Employment Law Today

One of the most difficult tasks performed by employers is the termination of an employee. But as many businesses struggle to compete in an uncertain marketplace, it is inevitable that employees will be fired.

Terminations alone are stressful situations, but if a termination is mishandled, stressful situations can become disasters leading both the employee and employer down a path that invariably ends in a costly legal battle.

The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized the special relationship and unique characteristics of the employment relationship. In particular, the court has acknowledged the vulnerability of the employee at the time of termination. In the landmark decision of