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Termination of Employment & Employee Rights
601 Employee Rights: General information Contrary to what many employees think, most employees can be fired at any time, for any reason. However, under the Employment Standards Act most employees who have worked more than 3 months, have the right to receive a minimum amount of notice, or pay instead of notice, unless the employee was fired because of wilful misconduct or neglect of duty. In some circumstances, employees may also have the right to receive minimum severance pay depending on the size of the company they work for.
However, if you work for a company regulated by federal law, such as a bank, airline, or transportation company, there are different minimum termination and severance pay rules that apply to you. If you belong to a union, or you have a written employment contract, the rules are different again. To find out what your rights are, you can ask your union representative or read a copy of your employment contract. If you have legal questions or need advice you should contact a lawyer.
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