Can you force an employee to relocate? (Toughest HR Question)

In some cases, forced relocation could potentially risk a constructive dismissal claim
By Brian Kreissl
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/15/2015

Question: Can an employer force an employee to transfer her work location? Can the employee refuse the move — and what are the legal implications for doing so, both for the employee and the employer?


Answer: Like so many areas of employment law, the answer to this question is “it depends.” In some cases, the courts have found forced employee relocations amount to constructive dismissal, but that depends on the specific scenario in question.