St. Catharines Employment Lawyers

David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer

Lost Your Job?  Need a St. Catharines Employment Lawyer?

David Ertl, a highly regarded employment lawyer in St. Catharines, has been dedicated to serving the community for almost 20 years. 

He focuses on supporting employees who have faced workplace issues such as wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, terminations with cause, layoffs, harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

We Serve St. Catharines and the Surrounding Area

We represent clients throughout Ontario, including St. Catharines and the surrounding area: 

Niagara FallsWellandFort ErieGrimsby • Lincoln  Thorold • Port Colborne • Niagara-on-the-Lake • West Lincoln • Wainfleet

Some Things You Should Know About Ertl Lawyers

Free Consultation With St. Catharines Employment Lawyers

We understand how important it is to receive support during challenging times. That’s why we are happy to offer you a free phone consultation with no obligations or commitments. 

Our consultation service, which has received five-star Google reviews from our clients, is designed to provide attentive support and guidance.

During the consultation, we will listen carefully to your employment issue, offer an initial analysis, discuss your options, and review the potential outcomes, costs, and timing.

We genuinely believe that our consultation service is the best in the industry and are confident that it will provide you with valuable assistance.

Contingency Fees Available [Don’t Pay Unless We Improve Your Severance Pay]

In most cases, we offer contingency fees for wrongful termination cases. This means that our fee is based on the improvement we make to your severance package. However, some clients prefer fixed or flat fee billing.  Call us today to discuss your matter and we’ll explain our fees in detail.

You Will Work With a Leading St. Catharines Employment Lawyer [Not A Junior Lawyer]

David Ertl is a highly experienced employment lawyer with a successful track record spanning over 20 years in practice. As one of the leading St. Catharines employment lawyers, he has adeptly represented employees at various levels, including C-suite executives, managers, licensed professionals, salespersons, tradespersons, and general labourers. Throughout his career, he has skillfully negotiated numerous severance packages and successfully recovered substantial amounts of wrongfully withheld severance.

When it comes to employment law, it’s important to carefully consider the experience and expertise of the lawyer you choose. It is advisable to avoid opting for a junior or inexperienced lawyer, or one who only occasionally practices employment law. David Ertl’s extensive knowledge and experience in this field can give you the confidence to navigate the complexities of employment law.


David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer

What You Need To Know Right Now About Your Termination

1. Severance Offer “Deadline”

If you have been offered a severance package from your employer with a specific deadline, it’s important to remember that the initial offer may not be the best offer. You could potentially forfeit a significant amount of severance pay by signing too soon.

In addition, if you are facing a deadline for accepting a severance offer, it’s important to know that it usually doesn’t affect your entitlements. So, if you feel uncertain about the deadline, you can always ask your employer for more time to consider the offer. Most employers will give you additional time. Taking this step can help you reduce stress and provide you with enough time to seek advice from a reputable St. Catharines employment lawyer.

2. Your Employment Contract Should Be Reviewed By St. Catharines 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 circumstances 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. It is crucial to seek advice from an employment lawyer in St. Catharines to determine your entitlement. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

3. Calculating Severance Pay

Remember, there is no law that dictates that your severance entitlements are limited to two weeks per year of employment.

In Ontario, the severance pay you receive is determined by various factors: your employment agreement, legislation, and common law.

If you are entitled to common law severance pay, it’s determined by your age, length of service, job type, and employability.

You can use our severance pay calculator to estimate your potential severance pay and then discuss the results with us.

4. Limitation Periods

With few exceptions, an employee who has been termianted has two years from the termination date to claim full severance pay from their employer.  If you have any questions about limitation periods, it is best to consult with a St. Catharines employment lawyer.

5. Ontario Ministry of Labour Complaint vs. St. Catharines Employment Lawyers

It’s important to remember that if you require advice on common law severance pay, you should avoid contacting government ministries such as the Ministry of Labour and call an employment lawyer first. These ministries can only guide you on your minimum entitlements under the Employment Standards Act, and not your maximum entitlements under common law.

Filing a complaint with Ontario’s Ministry of Labour for minimum severance pay could mean missing out on pursuing your maximum severance pay under common law. However, with the help of skilled St. Catharines employment lawyers, you can greatly increase your chances of securing the full severance package you deserve.

6. Terminations with “Just Cause”

If you’ve been  fired for “just cause” without receiving any severance pay, it’s crucial to understand that this is your employer’s assertion. To withhold severance pay for “just cause,” employers must substantiate serious misconduct, like theft. If you’re concerned about your rights, don’t hesitate to seek assistance.

I was fired for poor performance and my employer didn’t offer me anything but the minimum severance possible.  I decided to call a few employment lawyers to see if there was anything I could do.  When I spoke with Andrea and then David as part of the consultation, I felt like Ertl Lawyers would be the best firm for me.  I am thrilled with the reuslts they got me and I would not hesitate to 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 St. Catharines 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

St. Catharines Employment Lawyers: Videos

How Much Severance Am I Entitled To?

How Age Affects Severance Pay

Severance Pay if You’re Over 45

St. Catharines 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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