Termination for Cause

The term “capital punishment” is often used to describe termination for cause in employment and labour law, and as employees are vulnerable to the sudden loss of employment, termination for cause is a serious step to take.

An employer has the right to terminate an employee for cause without providing reasonable notice. Just cause exists where the conduct is such that it becomes impossible for the employment relationship to continue. When terminated for cause, an employer will need to show that the conduct engaged by the employee went to the root of the employment agreement if the employee commences a claim disputing the dismissal.

Many times, termination for cause is appropriate when there is prolonged and repeated misconduct, such as habitual neglect of duty, incompetence, insubordination, or serious misconduct. However, it can also be appropriate in cases of a single, very serious incident.

Termination for cause is examined on a case-to-case basis.

Understanding Termination for Cause & Wrongful Dismissal

Where an employer terminates an employee for just cause this would not amount to wrongful dismissal so long as the cause is justified at law. However, where an employer terminates an employee without just cause, that may amount to wrongful dismissal.

Further, there may be situations where the employer states that he or she has terminated the employee for just cause, yet the just cause is improperly alleged. In such cases, it is best to seek help from an employment lawyer to discuss how to proceed.

Termination for cause

How can Zeilikman Law help?

If you have questions regarding your termination with cause or belief that you may have been wrongfully dismissed, contact one of our experienced employment lawyers today to set up a consultation to discuss your options.

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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.