Termination and Severance Pay

We Are Skilled Severance and Termination Lawyers

Dismissed? Fired? Laid off? Have you been asked to accept/sign a severance offer? Wait, don’t sign! Our severance lawyers can help negotiate your severance package and determine if your termination was wrongful.

Despite what your employer may say, you have two years to claim your severance. But once you sign and accept the severance package, you cannot later claim additional severance under the common law. This could be many thousands of dollars.

Have us review your severance offer before you sign.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our Experienced Severance Lawyers

Contact us by phone toll-free at 1-800-771-7882 or email us at [email protected], and we will be happy to assist.

Employers often leverage your stress to pay you less severance or termination pay than you are entitled to. Unfortunately, they often succeed because:

  • You’re under pressure to take what seems generous 
  • You want to put this humiliating experience behind you
  • You’re worried about your references and don’t want to upset them further
  • The wording of your employment contract appears to be on their side

Paying you less than you are entitled to is wrong. It violates your employment rights and hampers your ability to transition smoothly into a new position. 

We’ll clearly outline what you can expect. Employment contracts often contain things that are not enforceable.

The difference can be many months of additional severance pay.

Depending on your situation, judges can award you even more than what the Employment Standards Act entitles you to. This is known as Common Law Severance Pay. You may also be awarded damages depending on your employer’s conduct.

Why Choose Achkar Law?

Finding out if we can help costs you nothing.

We’re among the top-rated employment law firms in Ontario with an exceptional track record of positive outcomes. See our outstanding Google Reviews further down this page.

Here’s how it works.

Unlike other law firms, the people you speak with aren’t simple “appointment setters.” They’re specialists in determining if speaking to one of our lawyers can help you. And isn’t that what you need to know right now? …without spending a cent?

If our intake specialist recommends a “Strategy Session” with one of our lawyers, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing you’re on track to advance your interests.

Legal Focus

Our dedicated team of legal professionals specializes in employment law, ensuring you have the right expertise in your corner.

Personalized Approach

We understand that every case is unique. That’s why we tailor our strategies to fit your specific needs and circumstances.

Strong Advocacy

We’re not afraid to take on powerful employers and fight for your rights. Our commitment to advocacy sets us apart.

Client-Centric Focus

Your best interests are our top priority. We’re here to guide you through the negotiation process with compassion and dedication.


We have a deep understanding of Ontario’s employment laws and regulations, giving you a local advantage.

Transparent Communication

We believe in clear and open communication. You’ll always be informed about the progress of your case.

Informed Decision-Making

We review your case, provide tailored recommendations, and empower you with the knowledge to make informed decisions during your severance negotiation. Your future is in your hands, and we’re here to support your choices.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our Experienced Severance Lawyers

Contact us by phone toll-free at 1-800-771-7882 or email us at [email protected], and we will be happy to assist.

Severance FAQs

A reasonable severance package in Canada varies substantially based on the circumstances of the employee. While there are many factors which can contribute to the calculation of a reasonable package, there are common factors which are typically considered, known as the Bardal factors.

Employees can try to negotiate alone, but almost always, a lawyer can get them more. Seeking the advice of an experienced employment lawyer helps a dismissed employee understand whether the severance package they are offered is reasonable in comparison with what a judge will likely give them.

An employment lawyer is likely in the best position to assess the appropriate severance package of an employee who has been let go. A good lawyer will know how and when to negotiate, and when to initiate a Statement of Claim to get defendants to pay you through settlement or a court order.

Yes – having your employment terminated by your employer is the same as being fired or let go. A termination of employment is either with or without cause, which affects whether or not you are entitled to termination pay. Sometimes employers try to claim that a termination is for cause when it is not. Wrongful dismissal is when an employee is told they are in fact fired or dismissed.

As an employee, if your employment is terminated without cause – that is, through no fault of your own, you are entitled to termination pay, or common law reasonable notice or pay in lieu. If you are an employee and have been terminated, contact an experienced employment lawyer to help assess your case.

In Ontario, employers are able to dismiss an employee without reason – as long as the reason is not related to Human Rights. Employers have to provide the appropriate amount of notice or termination pay to the dismissed employee. The appropriate amount of notice will largely depend on the employment agreement if applicable, and if not, on common law reasonable notice.