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Termination without Cause and Severance Employment Lawyers in Edmonton

If you are unsatisfied with the way you were dismissed by your employer or feel that you were treated unfairly, then there’s a good chance that you were.
Book a consultation with a Virk Law employment lawyer and we can help determine what you may be entitled to receive.


Learn what is supposed to happen when an employee loses their job and what to do if what is supposed to happen, doesn’t happen.


Workers have rights. Employers too. Let a Virk Law Lawyer help determine what you might be entitled to when you lose your job.



Our experienced employment lawyers have decades of combined experience piloting our clients’ cases through tribunals and all levels of court.

Did your former Employer have just cause for termination?

The two types of termination are termination for just cause and termination without cause. To be terminated for just cause, an employer must prove that a just cause for termination existed. They must explain their reason to the employee and provide evidence. If challenged in court, their burden of proof is high. If you think your employer’s reasons for dismissal are wrong, there are legal avenues to dispute your termination. If you are an employer whose reasons for dismissal have been challenged, we may be able to assist.

Employers have the right to terminate without cause, but there are laws in place to protect workers in these situations. If you are terminated without cause, or you disagree with the reason you were terminated, you may be entitled to an award from your employer. Read about possible compensation below or book a consultation with Virk Law to find out more about your rights.

Know your Rights: Are you entitled to compensation?


The law around termination is complex. Let us help you navigate it. Termination pay is the minimum amount of pay “in lieu of notice” that an employer must give an employee when he or she has been terminated without cause. The amount of termination pay required is laid out in statute and will depend on how long an employee has worked for a company. Many situations call for employees to be compensated well above the statutory minimum requirement. In such situations, the amount of money that employees may be entitled to could depend on factors such as:


How long you have worked for the company


Your salary


Your age


your industry


your position within the workplace


the details of an employment contract or severance package

Virk Law Employment Dispute Consultation Itinerary 


Step 1: Employment Information

The first step is gathering information about the employee and the employer – where was the employee working? For how long?


Step 2: Termination Information

The second step is to gather more specific information, such as details about the justification for the termination, what reasons were given for the termination, and how much compensation was given upon termination, if any.


Step 3: Your Current Position

If you are an employee, what you do after your termination effects your case. If you have been collecting Employment Insurance, you may have to pay some or all of it back from any award given to you by the court. If you have found a new job or have been looking for a job but been unable to find one, it may change your lawyer’s advice.


Step 4: Your Situation Determines Your Options

After establishing a comprehensive picture of your situation, we will try to lay out what options are available to you. Every case is different. Our job is to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision and to advise on what we think is best.


Step 5: Your Case Going Forward

Once we decide how to proceed, we will start to build your case based on the information given to us. Many cases settle, but some do not. We will advise you about how your case will advance so that you have a clear picture of what to expect going forward.

If you feel you have been treated unfairly by an employer, then you may be entitled to compensation.

Take Control of Your Solution. If you’re looking for a cost-effective solution to your issues, contact Virk Law Today.