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Temporary layoffs under scrutiny • No reason to appeal EI rulings
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/12/2005

Temporary layoffs under scrutiny

Alberta employers that take advantage of a section of the Employment Standards Code that allows the temporary layoff of a worker for up to 60 days could find themselves on the losing end of a wrongful dismissal battle.

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench said a temporary layoff means the worker’s life, economically and legally, is on hold while the employer decides whether or not to bring the employee back.