Labour & Employment Law Blog

Termination Severance: How does it Work?

Ontario does not have employment “at will.” This means that if you find yourself dismissed from a non-unionized workplace, you are entitled to certain protections, one of which is an implied right to reasonable notice of dismissal or pay in lieu thereof. In common parlance, you are entitled to “termination severance” which may be substantial.

This also means that if you are presented with termination severance paperwork, you should not rush to sign it. Typically, the employer will present you with a deadline by which you are expected to accept the severance package. Our first recommendation is to not be hasty. This is because typically you will be offered a lot less than what you are legally entitled to.

Oftentimes, the termination severance package will include statements like, “in addition to your statutory rights, we will agree to provide you with extra pay on a gratuitous basis,” or “we will provide you with termination severance over and above your statutory entitlements provided that you execute the enclosed full and final release.”

Although the above words may sound enticing and reassuring because they make your employer seem very generous, most of the time these statements are there to make you agree to lesser compensation. In fact, it is remarkable how often we see many of our clients shocked at how much more pay they stand to get once they retain an employment lawyer.

The bottom line is: if you are presented with termination severance paperwork, you should consider talking to an employment lawyer before you rush to sign the dotted line.

The above article is for general information purposes only, does not constitute legal advice or create a solicitor-client relationship. Because each case is unique and factually driven, if you have concerns with regard to the foregoing issues, please make an appointment with one of our lawyers or a qualified legal practitioner elsewhere. We represent clients in the Greater Toronto Area including Toronto, North York, Markham, Vaughan, Thornhill, Newmarket, Aurora, Brampton, Mississauga, Barrie, Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa.

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.