Temporary Layoff Lawyers for Western Canada
Temporary lay-offs occur when an employer decides to decrease the number of employees on the payroll for a limited period.
Often, this decision is taken due to an economic downturn or extraordinary event, such as the recent pandemic, which caused many businesses to temporarily cease or scale back operations.
Temporary lay-offs are an accepted way to trim the workforce, as long as they are conducted reasonably and are justified. Employers and employees should familiarize themselves with Alberta employment law so that they understand what is acceptable and what is not with lay-offs.
The employment lawyers at Taylor Janis LLP, serving Western Canada, can help protect the rights and explain the obligations of both employers and employees with workplace law.
How are layoffs defined?
Within Canadian employment law, an employer can stop paying an employee to come to work for a limited time without firing them. During this lay-off period, the employer maintains the employment relationship with the employee and there is an understanding that the employee will be recalled after the lay-off period ends — though this does not always eventuate.
The employer does not need to pay wages or severance pay during the lay-off period, often helping it survive financially during a downturn or an over staffing situation.
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Conan Taylor is the managing partner of Taylor Janis Workplace Law. He practices exclusively in the areas of workplace law, including labour, employment, and commercial litigation matters. In his over 15 years of practice, Mr. Taylor has represented both individuals and corporations respecting their workplace law matters.