Niagara Falls Employment Lawyers

David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer


Lost Your Job?  Need a Niagara Falls Employment Lawyer?

David Ertl, one of the leading Niagara Falls employment lawyers, has represented employees for almost two decades.  He specializes in workplace issues such as wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, terminations with cause, layoffs, harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

David has successfully resolved 1000s of cases and recovered millions in wrongfully withheld salary, commissions, bonuses, benefits, stock options, car allowances, and other forms of compensation.

We Serve Niagara Falls and the Surrounding Area

We represent clients throughout Ontario, including Niagara Falls and the surrounding area: 

St. CatharinesWellandFort ErieGrimsby • Lincoln  Thorold • Port Colborne • Niagara-on-the-Lake • West Lincoln • Wainfleet

What You Should Know About Ertl Lawyers

Free Consultation With Niagara Falls Employment Lawyers

We are pleased to offer you a complimentary phone consultation with no obligations or commitments required. We will provide our initial assessment of your matter, and we will discuss your options, costs, and timing. After the phone consultation, 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 believe that our consultation service is the best in the industry, and we are confident that it will be beneficial to you.

Contingency Fees Available

In the majority of cases, we offer contingency fees for wrongful dismissal cases. This means that our fee is based on the improvement we make to your severance package. However, some clients prefer fixed/flat fee billing.

Work With a Leading Niagara Falls Employment Lawyer – Not A Junior Lawyer

David Ertl is a highly experienced lawyer with a successful track record of over 20 years in practice. He has represented employees of all levels, including c-suite executives, managers, licensed professionals, salespersons, tradespersons, and general laborers. Throughout his career, he has effectively negotiated thousands of severance packages and recovered millions of dollars in wrongfully withheld severance.

It is crucial to entrust your employment law case to a seasoned lawyer. Avoid settling for a junior or inexperienced lawyer, or one who only occasionally practices employment law. David Ertl’s expertise and experience in this field can help you navigate the complex legal aspects of employment law with confidence.


David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer

What You Need To Know Right Now About Your Termination

Severance Offer “Deadline”

If your employer has offered you a severance package with a specific deadline, it’s important to keep in mind that their initial offer may not be its best. By signing too soon, you could potentially forfeit a significant amount of severance pay.

Moreover, if you have a deadline for accepting a severance offer, it’s important to know that it usually doesn’t affect your entitlements.

Therefore, if you feel unsure about the deadline, you can always ask your employer for more time to consider the offer. Most employers will give you extra time. This step can help reduce stress and give you enough time to seek advice from a reputable employment lawyer in Niagara Falls.

Your Employment Contract Should Be Reviewed By Niagara Falls Employment Lawyers

If you have been terminated from your job, your employment contract may specify the amount of severance pay you are entitled to receive. However, there may be situations where the agreement is not legally binding. This could mean that you have a right to additional compensation beyond what is stated in the contract. To determine your entitlement, it is recommended that you seek advice from an employment lawyer in Niagara Falls. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Calculating Severance Pay

It is significant to know that there is no regulation that limits your severance entitlements to two weeks per year of service.

In Ontario, the amount of severance pay you receive is determined by various factors such as employment agreements, legislation, and common law. Your common law severance pay is majorly based on your age, length of service, job type, and employability.

You can use our severance pay calculator to estimate your potential severance pay. Then, you can discuss the results with Niagara Falls employment lawyers.

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 Niagara Falls employment lawyer.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour or Employment Lawyers in Niagara Falls? 

It’s important to keep in mind that if you need advice on common law severance pay, you should avoid contacting government ministries such as the Ministry of Labour. These ministries can only provide guidance on your minimum entitlements under the Employment Standards Act and not your maximum entitlements under common law.

If you decide to file a complaint with Ontario’s Ministry of Labour to receive your minimum severance pay, you may forfeit the opportunity to pursue your maximum severance pay under common law. However, if you seek help from experienced employment lawyers in Niagara Falls, you can increase your chances of receiving the severance package you are entitled to.

Terminations with “Just Cause”

If you have been fired by your employer for “just cause” and they have not provided you with any severance pay, it is important to remember that this is only the employer’s claim. For denying severance pay, the employers must prove serious misconduct, like theft, beyond doubt. If you are concerned about your rights in this regard, it is advisable to seek professional help to understand your options.

The team at Ertl Lawyers are knowledgable and professional.  They helped me get a better severance package while making the process much easier with their care and expertise.  I would entirely recommend them.


Severance Pay Calculator

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

Free Employment Guides by Niagara Falls 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

Niagara Falls Employment Lawyers: Videos

How Much Severance Am I Entitled To?

How Age Affects Severance Pay

Severance Pay if You’re Over 45

Niagara Falls Employment Lawyer: Blog Posts

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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.

Niagara Falls Employment Lawyers