Termination is an inherently stressful act for both employers and employees, but there are ways to ensure a dismissal takes place with respect and compassion in mind, says Toronto employment lawyer Kevin Marshall.
An Australian company was recently chastised for sending termination notices to more than 50 employees through an overnight text message. The 56 workers at Hutchison Port's container terminal received texts telling them to check their email which informed them not to turn up for work the next day.
"A termination by text is going to dramatically increase the likelihood that the employee will bring a claim against the employer," says Marshall. "More anger is created by not giving the employee the chance to have a face-to-face conversation with their employer and perhaps provide feedback – even if a final decision has been made.