Thunder Bay Employment Lawyers

David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer

Lost Your Job?  Need a Thunder Bay Employment Lawyer?

With over 20 years of experience in employment law, David Ertl is known as one of the leading Thunder Bay employment lawyers.

David has helped countless clients with their employment matters from wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, terminations with cause, layoffs, harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

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

Thunder Bay Employment Lawyers – We Serve Thunder Bay and Surrounding Areas

We represent clients throughout Ontario, including Thunder Bay and the surrounding areas: 

TorontoNipigonTerrace Bay • Atikokan • Ignace • Marathon • Geraldton 

Some Things You Should Know About Ertl Lawyers

Free Consultation With Thunder Bay Employment Lawyers

Ertl Lawyers offers a free and confidential phone consultation with a legal professional.  Call us.  We will discuss your matter and provide you with an initial assessment, as well as your options, costs, and timing.  If, after the initial consult, you want us to review documents (such as an employment agreement, termination letter, or severance package) then we can provide this service for you for a reduced, fixed fee amount.

 Contingency Fees Available

Many of our clients specifically request information about “contingency fees.” With a contingency fee, we charge a percentage of the amount by which we improve your severance package.

However, in other cases, clients prefer a fixed or flat fee billing method. In almost all cases, no upfront retainer is required. This means that we are paid when you get paid.

Contact us today to discuss your matter and indicate which billing method you prefer. We will confidently explain the benefits of each.

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

When you choose Ertl Lawyers, you’re choosing to work directly with David Ertl, a seasoned employment lawyer with a proven track record.

David has successfully negotiated thousands of severance packages and has a strong litigation record when required. He has represented employees across various industries, including information technology, banking, financial services, manufacturing, transportation, education, insurance, entertainment, advertising/marketing, government, and medicine. David represents all types of employees, from C-suite executives to general labourers.

When it comes to employment law, having an expert like David Ertl on your side is crucial. With his reputation as one of the leading Thunder Bay employment lawyers, you can trust that you are in capable hands.


David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer

What You Need To Know Right Now About Your Termination

1. Severance Offer “Deadline”

Remember this: Most severance offers come with a deadline to sign them. Employers do this to create pressure, hoping you will sign out of fear.

However, deadlines typically have no effect on your entitlements. If you sign too soon, without consulting an employment lawyer, you could be forfeiting significant severance pay.

Don’t be afraid to ask for additional time to review the severance package if you need it.

And remember, contacting a leading Thunder Bay employment lawyer, David Ertl, for a free consultation is a smart move.

2. Your Employment Contract Should Be Reviewed By Thunder Bay Employment Lawyers

If you have been terminated from your job, your employment contract may specify the severance pay you are entitled to receive. However, in some cases, the contract may not be legally binding, which could mean that you have the right to more compensation than what is stated in the contract. It is advisable to seek advice from an employment lawyer in Thunder Bay to ascertain 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.

Give our severance pay calculator a try to estimate your potential severance pay.  Then, discuss your results with Thunder Bay 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 Thunder Bay employment lawyer.

5. The Ontario Ministry of Labour or Thunder Bay Employment Lawyers? 

Please take note of the following information:

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour enforces only the minimum standards, specifically for minimum termination and severance pay under the Employment Standards Act. If you are seeking your maximum entitlements under the common law, the Ministry of Labour cannot assist you with that.

If you file a complaint with Ontario’s Ministry of Labour for your minimum severance pay and do not withdraw your complaint within the specified timelines, you will be prohibited from initiating a civil claim.

For common law severance pay, it is advisable to seek assistance from experienced Thunder Bay employment lawyers. They can significantly enhance your chances of obtaining the severance package you are entitled to.

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.

Thank you to Ertl Lawyers for assisting me with my severance package after I was terminated after returning from a medical leave.  You helped me at my lowest and I am so appreciative of everything you’ve done for me! 


Severance Pay Calculator

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

Free Employment Guides by Thunder Bay 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

Thunder Bay Employment Lawyers: Videos

How Much Severance Am I Entitled To?

How Age Affects Severance Pay

Severance Pay if You’re Over 45

Thunder Bay 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.

Thunder Bay Employment Lawyers