Laying off employees on disability leave

Many factors to consider before cutting workers on leave
By Colin Gibson
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/14/2009

Question: As a result of the current economic downturn, our company will be implementing layoffs and we may need to close one of our plants permanently. We have several management and unionized employees who are currently absent on short-term or long-term disability leave. Can we lay them off or terminate their employment? If so, will this affect their ability to continue collecting disability benefits?