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Avoiding Issues with Seasonal Employment: Layoffs Versus Termination

By Chelsea Gibson, BA, LLB and Kevin Thompson, B.Sc.

There is less of a distinction than one might think between a layoff (typically seen as more temporary) and a termination (typically perceived as a permanent break from an employer). Although generally an employee is on temporary layoff when an employer cuts back or stops the employee’s work without ending his/her employment (e.g. when there is not enough work to do), an employer may put an employee on a temporary layoff without specifying a date when the employee will be recalled to work. The confusion over terminology likely arose, in part, from employers (and their lawyers) using the term ‘layoff’ too casually when they were actually permanently terminating the employment. Today, the term ‘temporary layoff’ is used to make the distinction more clear.

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Avoiding Issues with Seasonal Employment

By Chelsea Gibson, BA, LLB and Kevin Thompson, B.Sc.

It has been a long, cold winter, but spring is finally in the air. That also means it is the time when many companies start hiring or re-hiring their seasonal workers. Seasonal employment for anyone working outdoors in the turf industry is a reality in a country where winter seems to last six months. Understanding the basics of employment law at the outset of an employment contract can help avoid problems when the snow starts to fall.

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