Mass layoffs no easy task

Multi-layered approach helps with transition
By Martin Kingston
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2014

In April 2010, Automodular — a manufacturer of car parts based in Ajax, Ont. — was given bad news: A major customer was cancelling its contracts for sub-assembly and sequencing services as of September 2010.

As a result, the manufacturer would be forced to close a facility in Oshawa, Ont., and terminate most of the employees at that location — 70 unionized and 23 non-union workers.

Upon learning of the contract cancellation, the 650-employee company invited all employees to attend a town hall meeting where the decision was shared. HR also filed a notice of mass termination with the Ministry of Labour and subsequently posted the notice at the affected plant.