Every company must deal with the termination of an employee at some point. As an employer, you must be aware of your obligations and the employee’s rights. Following proper termination procedures will help facilitate the process.

In the case of an involuntary termination, provide the employee with notice of the termination in writing. In Ontario, the basic rule is that employers can terminate the employment relationship as long as they are willing to provide the necessary written notice (determined by length of employment), pay in lieu of notice, statutory termination pay, or severance pay. It is advisable to obtain legal advice with respect to any company-initiated termination.

The document below is a sample template of a termination agreement.

Termination agreement: Sample template

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Note: The information above provides a summary only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive discussion of termination pursuant to applicable law and should not be taken as legal advice. Readers should review the full text of the Employment Standards Act and seek legal advice for more detail. If you are outside of Ontario, consult applicable employment standards legislation and seek legal advice with respect to your jurisdiction.

See also:
Involuntary termination: Sample checklist
Voluntary termination: Sample checklist