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So You’ve Been Fired – eBook


Oh No! You’ve Been Fired!

It’s normal to have a lot of worry and questions when you lose your job.  Our aim with this guide is to help you answer your questions and to arm you with tools and information so that you can figure out your rights and make a smart decision about your next steps.

You’ve got this!

*** This version is current as of May 28, 2020. On May 29, 2020, the Ontario law regarding layoffs was temporarily changed. During the period from March 1, 2020 to September 4, 2020, hours reductions (including reductions all the way to zero – aka layoffs) were changed from layoffs to deemed Infectious Disease Emergency Leaves. This impacts some employee remedies and disallows Ministry of Labour Employment Standards complaints for constructive dismissal for this reason during this period.    

We are in the process of updating the information in this book to cover layoffs during this temporary period. In the meantime please read our blog on the subject, watch our webinar or check out our COVID-19 Guide

If you purchase So You’ve Been Fired today we will send you our updated version at no cost to you once it is released.*** 

[107 pages; eBook written by SpringLaw lawyers]

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Oh No! You’ve Been Fired!

Questions Keeping You Up At Night

You might be wondering:

  • Do I have a case?
  • Have I been wrongfully dismissed?
  • Was my boss allowed to fire me?
  • Don’t I have any rights?
  • What about my contract?
  • Now that I’m fired, do I get paid anything?
  • Did they pay me enough?
  • What about my benefits?
  • What do these words in my termination letter mean?
  • What’s ‘notice’?
  • What’s ‘working notice’, and is it legal?
  • Can I apply for Employment Insurance (“EI”)? How?
  • Do I need a lawyer?
  • I think I need help, but I can’t afford a lawyer, what are my options?

Reading this guide will help you to answer these questions and get you thinking about things you didn’t even know you needed to be thinking about!  We know this is a very stressful moment in your career and we want to help ease some of that stress so you can sleep at night and start focusing on next steps.

What’s in this eBook

This easy-to-use guide is written in plain everyday English and will walk you through your employment rights, help you understand your termination entitlements and cover topics such as:

  • Notice entitlements
  • Severance
  • Workplace harassment
  • Discrimination and human rights violations
  • Making an employment standards claim
  • How to talk to your former employer about your rights
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
  • Employment Insurance and your ROE

Our goal with this book is to help you help yourself. Lawyers are expensive! Spending a bunch of money when you’ve just lost your job is not something that most people feel like they can do, but often they have rights they aren’t aware of. Not arming yourself with information could mean that you’re leaving money on the table. We want to help you get that money!

So, if you’ve been fired this book is for you.

Are you Unionized?

If you were part of a unionized workplace then you were subject to a whole different legal scheme and you will find this book less applicable. You will usually want to start with speaking to your union rep, if you haven’t already.

Note on Location of Law

This book is written by Ontario lawyers and contains information about Ontario workplace law. While this information will be good for almost anyone in Canada (other than Quebec) we thought you should know that this book is Ontario-specific.

Legal Disclaimer

This book is intended to provide general legal information that applies to many – but not all – situations. Purchasing and/or reading this book does not create a solicitor-client relationship between you and our law firm and is not legal advice. It is legal information meant to be a helpful guide to you as you navigate your employment matter.

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