Halifax Employment Lawyers

David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer

Lost Your Job?  Need a Halifax Employment Lawyer?

If you are looking for Halifax employment lawyers, Ertl Lawyers is pleased to offer its services in Halifax and all of Nova Scotia.

David Ertl, has over 20 years of employment law expertise in B.C., Ontario, and now Nova Scotia.

He has successfully resolved thousands of employment matters involving wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, terminations with cause, layoffs, harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

David has recovered millions in wrongfully withheld severance pay for his clients, such as salary, commissions, bonuses, promised pay raises, health benefits, insurance benefits, shares, stock options, and car allowances.

Halifax Employment Lawyers – We Serve All of Nova Scotia 

We represent clients throughout Nova Scotia, including:

HalifaxHammonds Plains • Dartmouth • Cole Harbour • Lower Sackville • Bedford • Upper Tantallon • Chester • Lunenburg • Bridgewater • Liverpool • Windsor • Wolfville • Kentville • Digby • Waverly • Fall River • Enfield • Elmsdale • Truro • Debert • New Glascow • Stellarton • Pictou • Antigonish • Amherst • Springhill • Sydney • North Sydney

 Some Things You Should Know About Ertl Lawyers

Free Consultation With Halifax Employment Lawyers

We’re excited to let you know that Ertl Lawyers offers a complimentary and confidential phone consultation with a legal professional.  We will provide our initial assessment of your matter, and we will discuss your options, costs, and timing. Please note that if you want us to review any written materials such as your employment agreement, termination letter, non-solicitation agreement, etc., we offer this service at a reduced flat fee. We take pride in offering what we believe is the best consultation service in the industry.

Contingency Fees Available

Many of our clients inquire about “contingency fees.” With a contingency fee, we charge a percentage of the amount by which we improve your severance package. However, clients prefer a fixed/flat fee billing method in other cases.

In almost all situations, no upfront retainer is required. In other words, we are paid when you get paid. Call us today to discuss your situation and indicate which billing method you prefer. We’ll explain the benefits of each.

You Will Work With a Leading Halifax Employment Lawyer – Not A Junior Lawyer

When you choose Ertl Lawyers, you are choosing to work directly with David Ertl himself. There are no hand-offs to junior lawyers.

David is a highly accomplished employment lawyer who has skillfully negotiated thousands of severance packages and has a proven track record of successfully representing employees in various industries. From C-suite executives to general laborers, David represents all employees with confidence and expertise.

Having David Ertl on your side in employment law matters is essential. With his reputation as one of the leading Halifax employment lawyers, you can trust that you are in the hands of a true expert.


David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer

What You Need To Know Right Now About Your Termination

1. Severance Offer “Deadline”

When it comes to severance offers, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. First off, most offers come with a deadline to sign them, but don’t let that deadline pressure you into making a hasty decision. Deadlines typically don’t affect your entitlements, and signing too soon without seeking legal advice could mean missing out on a significant amount of severance pay.

The good news is that most employers are open to providing additional time for you to review the severance package. So, if you’re feeling the deadline pressure, don’t hesitate to ask for some extra time. It’s well within your rights.

If you’re unsure about any aspect of your severance offer, it’s a great idea to reach out to a knowledgeable employment lawyer like David Ertl, who offers free consultations. Taking the time to get the right advice could make a big difference in your situation.

2. Your Employment Contract Should Be Reviewed By Halifax Employment Lawyers

If you have been terminated from your job, your employment contract may specify the severance pay you are entitled to. However, in some cases, the contract may not be legally enforceable, which could mean that you are entitled to more compensation than what is stated. It is advisable to seek advice from an employment lawyer in Halifax to understand your rights. Please reach out to us today if you need help.

3. Calculating Severance Pay

There is no law that limits your severance entitlements to two weeks per year of employment in Nova Scotia. Your severance pay is determined by various factors such as legislation, your employment agreement, and common law. Common law severance pay is determined by factors such as age, length of service, the type of job you had, and your employability.

You can try our severance pay calculator to estimate your potential severance pay.  Then, discuss your results with Halifax employment lawyers, like Ertl Lawyers.

4. Limitation Periods

With few exceptions, a terminated employee has two years from termination to claim full severance pay from their employer.  If you have any questions, consult with a Halifax employment lawyer.

5. The Nova Scotia Labour Standards Division or Halifax Employment Lawyers? 

The Nova Scotia Labour Standards Division only enforces minimum standards set by the Labour Standards Code.  If you are only interested in recovering the minimum termination and severance pay under the Labour Standards Code then filing a complaint with the Labour Standards Division would be your best choice. However, it cannot help you to get your maximum entitlements under the common law.

It is important to know that if you do file a complaint with the Labour Standards Division, you are not allowed to bring a civil claim for common law severance pay.  This means you could potentially be forfeiting money!

The answer for common law severance pay is clear. It is best to seek help from experienced Halifax employment lawyers. Ertl Lawyers can greatly improve your chances of receiving the severance package you deserve.

6. Terminations with “Just Cause”

If you’ve been let go for “just cause” and didn’t get any severance pay, it’s important to remember that this is just your employer’s side of the story. Employers need to show serious misconduct, like theft, to withhold severance pay for “just cause.” If you’re worried about your rights, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.

I was referred to Ertl Lawyers by a friend who had previously used their services when I was terminated from my employment.  They were amazing to work with, offered me straightforward advice and were able to negotiate a much better severance package for me.  I highly recommend.


Severance Pay Calculator

Our severance pay calculator can give you an idea of how much your severance should be.

Free Employment Guides by Halifax Employment Lawyers

Understanding Your Severance Package

6th edition This guide provides information on common severance pay issues, including:

✓ Responding to the employer “deadline”
✓ Key mistakes to avoid
✓ Lump sum vs. salary continuation
✓ “Short service” employees
✓ Employees 45 years and older

Help! I Have Been Fired With Cause

6th edition This guide provides information on “cause” terminations, including:

✓ What is cause?
✓ Why the employer is probably wrong!
✓ Factors that really matter
✓ Can I still get E.I.?
✓ Bad references

Constructive Dismissal

6th edition This guide provides information on constructive dismissal, including:

✓ 20 common “constructive dismissals”
✓ Whether you should resign
✓ What happens to my E.I. benefits?
✓ Layoffs!
✓ The “toxic” work environment

Workplace Discrimination and Harassment

6th edition This guide provides information on discrimination and harassment in the workplace, including:

✓ Types of discrimination
✓ Types of harassment
✓ Bill 168
✓ Remedies
✓ Tribunal vs. court

Halifax Employment Lawyers: Videos

How Much Severance Am I Entitled To?

How Age Affects Severance Pay

Severance Pay if You’re Over 45

Halifax Employment Lawyers: Blog Posts

Disability Discrimination In The Workplace

Disability Discrimination In The Workplace

Disability Discrimination in Canada: Introduction Despite efforts by federal and provincial legislators to combat disability discrimination in the workplace, many qualified Canadians with disabilities are still being excluded from employment opportunities or face...

read more
Sale of Business: What Rights Do Employees Have?

Sale of Business: What Rights Do Employees Have?

To a business owner, the sale of their business can be the well-deserved payout of a life's worth of blood, sweat and tears. For the employees and their families, however, even assurances of job security may not be enough to relieve feelings of uncertainty and worry...

read more

How Much Is Your Severance Pay?

Common law severance pay is different for everyone and depends on such things as your age, length of service, the type of job you had, and the number of available jobs in the marketplace.  Consult with Ertl Lawyers today to understand your rights and to make sure you don’t leave anything on the table.

Halifax Employment Lawyers