Employee requests severance payment in different form than normal

Obligations to comply with request?
By Meghan McCreary
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/16/2015

Question: If an employee requests a termination or severance payment in a different form than his normal method of payment (such as a physical cheque instead of direct deposit), does the employer have to comply?

Answer: Unless the employee’s employment contract (or in the case of a unionized environment, the collective bargaining agreement) provides otherwise, in all jurisdictions in Canada an employer is permitted to continue to pay an employee his wages on termination in the same fashion it previously paid the employee’s wages.