Terminating the employment relationship

Questions from two readers about ending the employment relationship
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Since both questions from readers in this issue deal with the ability of an employer to terminate the employment relationship, I will review some basic concepts first.

Termination: With cause or without

Employees can be dismissed in one of two ways: for just cause or without just cause. Just cause can be based upon a wide range of behaviour, including insolence, dishonesty, performance issues, or any other basis upon which it can be found that summary termination of the employment relationship is justified. Where just cause exists, there is no obligation to provide any notice of termination or pay in lieu thereof.