Pickering Employment Lawyers

David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer

Lost Your Job?  Need a Pickering Employment Lawyer?

With over 20 years of employment law knowledge and experience and a practice that extends across Ontario, David Ertl is regarded as one of the leading Pickering employment lawyers.

David has successfully resolved 1000s of employment matters involving wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, terminations with cause, layoffs, harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

He has recovered millions in wrongfully withheld compensation for his clients, including: salary, commissions, bonuses, promised pay raises, health benefits, insurance benefits, shares, stock options, car allowances, and more.

Pickering Employment Lawyers – We Serve Pickering and the GTA

We represent clients throughout Ontario including Pickering and the GTA: 

TorontoMississaugaNewmarketRichmond HillMarkhamVaughan • AjaxWhitby • OshawaOakvilleClarington 

Some Things You Should Know About Ertl Lawyers

Free Consultation With Pickering Employment Lawyers

We are pleased to announce that Ertl Lawyers offers a free, confidential phone consultation where you can discuss your matter with an experienced employment lawyer.

During the consultation, we will:

  • Review your matter and provide our commentary
  • Explore your options
  • Discuss potential outcomes, costs, and timing.

We believe our consultation service is the best in the industry.

Contingency Fees Available

Many of our clients ask for “contingency fees.”  With a contingency fee, we charge a percentage of how much we improve your severance package.

However, in other cases, clients prefer a fixed/flat fee billing method.

In almost all cases, no upfront retainer is required.  In other words, we are paid when you get paid.

Call us today to discuss your matter and which billing method you prefer. We’ll explain the benefits of each.

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

When you hire Ertl Lawyers, you get David Ertl.  You will not be handed off to a junior lawyer.

David is a recognized employment lawyer who has negotiated 1000s of severance packages and, where necessary, has successfully taken matters to trial.

He has represented employees in every industry, including information technology, banking, financial services, manufacturing, transportation, education, insurance, entertainment, advertising/marketing, government, medicine, etc.

He represents all employees, including C-suite executives, management, licensed professionals, bankers, salespersons, educators, tradespersons, equipment operators, administrators, and general labourers.

When it comes to employment law, having a recognized expert by your side is crucial. With David Ertl’s track record as one of the leading Pickering employment lawyers, you can be confident you are in the right hands.


David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer

What You Need To Know Right Now About Your Termination

1. Severance Offer “Deadline”

Most severance offers come with a deadline to sign them.

Employers do this to create pressure, hoping you will sign out of fear.

Deadlines typically have no effect on your entitlements.

The important thing to remember is that if you sign too soon, without consulting an employment lawyer, you could be forfeiting significant severance pay.

Most employers will provide additional time to review the severance package.  So, if you are worried about the deadline, asking for some additional time usually won’t hurt.

In the meantime, contact one of the leading Pickering employment lawyers, David Ertl, for your free consultation.

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

If you have been fired from your job, your employment agreement might outline the amount of severance pay you are eligible to receive. However, in certain situations, the agreement might not be legally binding, which could mean that you have a right to more compensation than what is stated in the agreement. It is recommended that you consult with an employment lawyer in Pickering to determine your entitlement. Please reach out to us today if you need help.

3. Calculating Severance Pay

No law limits your severance entitlements to two weeks per year of employment. In Ontario, your severance pay is determined by various factors such as legislation, your employment agreement, and common law.

The main factors that determine common law severance pay are 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 Pickering 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 Pickering employment lawyer.

5. The Ontario Ministry of Labour or Pickering Employment Lawyers? 

It is important to know that Ontario’s Ministry of Labour only enforces minimum standards. You would only go to the Ministry of Labour if you wanted minimum termination and severance pay under the Employment Standards Act.  It cannot help you to get your maximum entitlements under the common law.

Moreover, if you file a complaint with Ontario’s Ministry of Labour for your minimum severance pay, and fail to withdraw your complaint within prescribed timelines, you will be barred from commencing a civil claim.

For common law severance pay, the answer is clear.  It is best to seek help from experienced Pickering employment lawyers. We can greatly improve your chances of receiving the severance package you deserve.

6. Terminations with “Just Cause”

If you were terminated for “just cause” and did not receive any severance pay, it is important to remember that this is only your employer’s argument. Employers must prove serious misconduct, such as theft, to deny severance pay for “just cause”. If you’re concerned about your rights, seek help.

My case was handled with great professionalism and care, and most importantly, no issue was left out.  Everything was discussed, updated and well-prepared ahead of time.  I would strongly recommend David… just one more thing I forgot to mention… I got a great result! Great job, David. 


Severance Pay Calculator

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

Free Employment Guides by Pickering 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

Pickering Employment Lawyers: Videos

How Much Severance Am I Entitled To?

How Age Affects Severance Pay

Severance Pay if You’re Over 45

Pickering Employment Lawyers: 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.

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