No guarantee for summary dismissal

Why an ‘obvious’ just cause termination might not be a great idea
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/27/2015

Theft, violence, harassment and serious reputational damage — these might all seem like pretty solid reasons for a just cause dismissal. But the reality is there is no single umbrella offence that is guaranteed grounds for a summary dismissal.

“What I find surprises most people is that there are no absolute rules whatsoever when it comes to what will constitute just cause for dismissal. So there’s no particular act that will guarantee that just cause will be found,” says Stuart Rudner, founding partner of Rudner MacDonald in Toronto.