10 steps for reducing exposure to wrongful dismissal

By Julie McAlpine
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/29/2002

Exposure to liability for wrongful dismissal actions does not just arise at the time of termination. When an employee files a claim for wrongful dismissal, the claim may even refer to events prior to the employee being hired. Following these 10 steps helps minimize exposure to liability in a wrongful dismissal action at each stage of employment.

1. Avoid inducements

Luring an employee away from secure employment by using inducements may increase the notice period due on termination. Some courts have found that the impact of inducement decreases the longer the employee remains employed, but some courts have awarded longer notice periods due to inducement even after lengthy periods of employment.