Non-union layoffs: Balancing standards and obligations

Employment standards legislation allows for temporary layoffs of non-union employees but constructive dismissal can still be a risk
By Jennifer Fantini and Lisa Cabel
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/19/2009

Sticking to the standards of downsizing

Collective agreements in unionized workplaces, particularly in the manufacturing sector, usually outline the procedure and limitations employers must follow if they are laying off employees for a period of time due to cost cutting or a production slowdown. Though less common, non-unionized employers may also be faced with the need to temporarily lay off staff. Without a collective agreement, employers in this situation must act carefully.