On-Demand Webcast: How to Get Away with Murder (of an employee’s job)

Date and Time

Starts:03/21/2017 12:00 AM

Ends:03/21/2056 11:30 PM

Event Type: Webcast

1 Hour Hour(s)


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​​Terminations for cause have been described by Canadian judges as the "capital punishment of employment law."  Short of suing an employee or refusing to pay wages, it is the most serious and harmful action an employer can take against its workers.  It can impact an employee's professional reputation, entitlement to severance, Employment Insurance benefits, and even sometimes the ability to work in his/her industry.

Nevertheless, it is sometimes a necessary evil for companies who simply cannot put up with misconduct or dishonesty of employees in and around the workplace – particularly where there the company has repeatedly warned the employee that his/her conduct is unacceptable.  Employees should not be permitted to leverage their own bad behaviour to obtain severance from a company, and if that appears to be the case, termination for cause may be the only realistic option.

The purpose of this seminar is to explain the circumstances where alleging cause for termination is acceptable, the best strategy to make it "stick", and other legal considerations surrounding the practice.​


Learning objectives:

  • Understand how to properly document to build a case
  • Learn how to assess when cause for termination is appropriate
  • Understand legal and practical considerations
  • Determine the difference between "common law cause" and "ESA cause"
  • Learn strategies to defend a wrongful dismissal lawsuit where cause is at issue
  • Understand settlement considerations


Who should attend?

Operations managers, finance managers, HR professionals and workplace lawyers.

Speaker bio(s)
Whitney Manfro

As an employment lawyer and litigator at Whitten & Lublin, Ms. Manfro provides skilled advocacy and strategic counsel to both employees and employers on workplace issues including employment standards, discipline and dismissals, employment contract and restrictive covenants, human rights disputes, occupational health and safety violations, risk minimization strategies, workplace policies and procedures, and workplace investigations.

Prior to joining Whitten & Lublin, Ms. Manfro worked for another labour and employment law firm, the Federal Government Competition Bureau, and a Member of Federal Parliament in Ottawa where she conducted policy research for the drafting of a federal bill.