Implementing a dismissal: Is a termination meeting required?

Is face-to-face meeting necessary to fire an employee?
By Colin Gibson
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

Question: Can an employee be terminated through communication other than in person, particularly if the employee works remotely and the employer doesn’t want her on the premises?

Answer: In most situations, it is good practice to meet with an employee in person to communicate the message that her employment is being terminated. If the employee is a member of a trade union bargaining unit, the collective agreement may require that the employee be informed of the dismissal in person in the presence of a union representative. Otherwise, there will likely be no legal or contractual requirement that a termination decision be communicated in person, but it is nevertheless advisable for an employer to ensure that this occurs.

Dismissing an employee by email, or through a letter couriered to the employee’s home, may be perceived by the employee as being callous or insensitive, and can give rise unnecessarily to a claim or complaint.