On-Demand Webcast: Workers can Quit and Get Severance?!: An Update on the Law of Constructive Dismissal

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Starts:04/18/2017 12:00 AM

Ends:04/19/2056 11:30 PM

1 Hour Hour(s)


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There is a reason a constructive dismissal is often referred to as a "forced resignation." While a finding of constructive dismissal does not require a formal termination, a company that unilaterally alters the contract of employment, or makes working conditions so intolerable, could be on the hook to provide a severance package the same way it would be if the employee had been terminated. 

As many employers often do not intend to set themselves up for a possible constructive dismissal claim, with a little background knowledge, it may be possible for such claims to be avoided altogether. 

The purpose of this seminar is to explain the circumstances where constructive dismissal may be found, how one might avoid a finding of constructive dismissal in the future, and other legal considerations surrounding this type of dismissal.


Learning objectives:

  • Understand circumstances giving rise to constructive dismissal
  • Learn how to avoid a possible constructive dismissal claim
  • Learn about legal and practical considerations
  • Understand strategies to defend a constructive lawsuit
  • Understand settlement considerations


Who should attend?

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

Speaker bio(s)
Jonquille Pak, LLB

Jonquille is a partner at Whitten & Lublin. For many years, she worked at one of Canada’s top full service law firms advising many of its large corporate clients on employment and labour issues in a wide variety of sectors, including manufacturing, commercial, education, financial services, health care, telecommunications and media. It is Jonquille's vast experience as a lawyer for management that also allows her to understand how to win when hired by employee clients.

Jonquille has appeared as co-counsel and lead counsel before various tribunals and courts, including the Ontario Superior Court, the Federal Court, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Jonquille is no stranger to unionized workplaces and has exclusively represented and advised employers with regard to a variety of union issues, including grievance arbitration proceedings, interest arbitration proceedings, Ontario Labour Board proceedings, collective agreement interpretation and collective bargaining.

She also specializes in business immigration and mobility, assisting both companies and foreign workers with regard to work permits, intra-company transfers, business visitors, and labour market opinions.

A firm believer that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, Jonquille provides strategic pro-active advice to clients to avoid costly and unnecessary litigation down the road.