Information in termination letter

What information is legally required in a termination letter? Does the employer have to give a reason if it’s providing reasonable notice?
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/30/2013

Question: What information is legally required in a termination letter? Does the employer have to give a reason if it’s providing reasonable notice?

Answer: Historically, the law has stipulated that an employer did not have to disclose the specific reason for dismissal when it is proceeding with a termination without cause. It is well-established that employers have the right to terminate the employment relationship at any time, for almost any reason. I say “almost,” because an employer cannot dismiss someone based wholly or partly upon grounds that are protected by human rights legislation, or as a reprisal for, among other things, good faith complaints regarding harassment. Aside from those limited exceptions, an employer is entitled to end the relationship for any reason it chooses, no matter how silly, or for no reason at all. While it is common to offer a generic explanation such as “the decision to move in a different direction,” there is no obligation to do so.