Mass layoffs could get harder

Rules may be tightened for federally regulated employers
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/31/2016

Implementing massive staff layoffs is expected to get a lot more difficult for federally regulated employers.

Sectors such as telecommunications and banking are required to give the federal government 16 weeks’ notice before laying off 50 or more workers over a month’s span. Employers are also required to ensure employee-employer committees are formed to help workers find new jobs.

But the Canadian government recently reviewed the criteria behind layoffs of 50 employees or more in an effort to ensure group terminations could no longer be conducted without warning. If the stricter ruling is implemented, employers requesting waivers would now be required to provide specific economic and financial reasons behind the mass layoffs, according to documents obtained by the Canadian Press.