Think you can’t lay off a non-unionized employee?(Legal View)

Legal innovation, reasoned argument can prevail over commonly held beliefs
By Matthew Vella
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/04/2013

It has long been the view that the common law of Ontario and the Employment Standards Act 2000 (ESA 2000) operate as two independent regimes.

Lawyers have written articles and publications stating the ESA 2000 serves only to protect employees, the statute provides no rights to employers and the provisions of the act should always be read in the employee’s favour.