Downsizing a worker on maternity leave

Can an employer downsize a worker on maternity leave and, if so, what severance and termination should be offered?
By Brian Kenny
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Question:

We have an employee who started working with us in late 2001. She has been on maternity leave since early this year. We’ve been doing some downsizing of sales territories and re-aligning and would like to eliminate her territory as a separate sales region. Can we legally downsize this territory while she is on maternity leave? If so what steps do we need to take? What severance and termination should be offered?

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