Inducement to Leave Employment

Employers consistently seek the best and most qualified employees, and as such, they will often induce the best-suited candidates to leave their current employment and join theirs. To do so, employers usually offer higher pay or other benefits.

Whether an employee was induced to leave a secure position will affect the manner in which the court frames the issue at hand, such as with termination of an employee. This is because there is a presumption that a person would not leave a secured position unless the new job offered was also reasonably secure.

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For example, in cases involving the termination of employees in Ontario, the court explained that it would look to any inducement in deciding what the reasonable period for notice must be. For instance, if an employee had long employment with a former employer and a new employer induced the employee and then terminates that employee shortly after his or her hiring, the new employer may be liable to give greater pay in lieu of notice because of the employee’s length of service with the former employer.

The purpose is to help compensate an employee that left a secure position. Furthermore, employers should be mindful when offering any inducement not to misrepresent the position as they may expose themselves to a claim in negligent misrepresentation.

The purpose of this action is to allow the Courts to be able to place an individual in the position he or she would have been in if it were not for the inducement to leave their place of employment.

How can Zeilikman Law help?

Each individual’s situation will be unique. For example, a promise of secure employment or a future promotion may increase the length of notice. 

To assess whether you may be entitled to damages from an inducement to leave your former employment and subsequent termination from your new employment, contact one of our experienced lawyers today to set up a consultation to discuss your options and next steps.

Our lawyers are experienced, professional, and determined and approach these issues with logical and creative solutions.

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Legal Receptionist

Zeilikman Law is an employment law firm located in Vaughan, Ontario. We are looking to hire a legal receptionist to join our firm. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working as a receptionist at another law firm.

Location: Vaughan, Ontario.

Start Date: Immediately.

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Full time. In-person only. This is not a remote work position.

Wages: 35,000 to 40,000 per year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage our firm’s multi-line telephone system to receive incoming calls.  Screen incoming telephone call inquiries to determine the nature of the telephone call and provide standard information related to our legal services.  Take and deliver messages and route incoming telephone calls to the appropriate staff person.
  • Answer general inquiries coming from the firm’s social media and website email.
  • Welcome in-person visitors upon arrival.  Direct visitors to the appropriate staff person and / or office or boardroom.
  • Organize in-person visitor schedule to prevent overlap and multiple bookings.
  • Receive, sort, and distribute daily mail and deliveries.
  • Arrange for couriers.
  • Keep front reception, kitchenette area and boardroom tidy.
  • Perform various clerical duties such as filing, photocopying, and faxing on an as-needed basis.
  • Process client or other payments.
  • May be asked to run minor errands outside of office such as attending post office to arrange a courier or pick up mail.
  • May be asked to assist other law clerks or lawyers of the firm as required and as appropriate.
  • Any other basic administrative duties or tasks as deemed appropriate.

Required Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of general office procedures including filing, faxing, and printing and copying.
  • Basic word processing computer skills.
  • Proficient in receptionist and telephone practices, etiquette, and decorum.
  • Professional attitude and appearance.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Positive customer service attitude is a must.
  • Must be able to maintain confidential and sensitive information.

Education and Experience:

  • Highschool diploma or equivalent.
  • 1 – 2 years’ experience in an office setting with an emphasis in accounting, reception or clerical work is required.   We would prefer experience in a law firm environment.

Applications for this position should be sent via email to jennifer@zeilikmanlaw.com. All applications should include a cover letter, resume and at least two references. Only successful candidates will be contacted.