Toronto Employment Lawyers

David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer
David Ertl Lawyer

Lost Your Job?  Need a Toronto Employment Lawyer?

David Ertl, one of the top Toronto employment lawyers, has served the community for almost 20 years, representing employees who have faced workplace issues such as wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, terminations with cause, termination without cause, layoffs, harassment, bullying, and discrimination.

David has successfully negotiated 1000s of severance packages and recovered millions in wrongfully withheld severance pay.

We Serve Toronto and the GTA

We represent clients throughout Ontario including, Toronto and the GTA: 

HamiltonMississaugaNewmarketRichmond HillMarkhamVaughan • AjaxWhitby • OshawaOakvilleClarington 

Some Things You Should Know About Ertl Lawyers

Free Consultation With Toronto Employment Lawyers

We offer a complimentary phone consultation with no strings attached. During the free consultation, we will give our initial thoughts on your severance package and discuss important topics like costs and timing.  This free consultation does not include reviewing employment agreements, termination letters, non-solicitation agreements, etc.  If you want us to review those, we charge a flat fee for this service. We believe our consultation service is unparalleled in the industry, and we’re confident that it will be valuable to you.

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

In most 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. Call Ertl Lawyers – Toronto Employment Lawyers today to learn more.

Work With Leading Toronto Employment Lawyers [Not A Junior Lawyer]

David Ertl is an accomplished lawyer with over 20 years of experience in practice. He has represented employees at all levels, including c-suite executives, managers, licensed professionals, salespersons, tradespersons, and general laborers. Throughout his career, he has successfully negotiated thousands of severance packages and recovered millions of dollars in wrongfully withheld severance.

When it comes to employment law, it is essential to entrust your 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

1. Severance Offer “Deadline”

If your employer has offered you a severance package, consider that their initial offer may not be their best. Signing too soon could mean losing out on a significant amount of severance pay. However, if you are facing a deadline for accepting a severance offer, it’s important to know that it typically won’t affect your entitlements. If you’re unsure about the deadline, you can ask your employer for more time to consider the offer. Rarely, an employer won’t provide extra time. This step can help reduce stress and give you enough time to seek advice from Ertl Lawyers – Toronto Employment Lawyers.

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

It can be a difficult and stressful time if you have been let go from your job. But it’s important to remember that your employment contract may not provide for your full severance entitlements. If you are unsure about the terms of your contract, or if you feel that you deserve additional severance  beyond what is stated in the agreement, it’s always a good idea to consult with an employment lawyer in Toronto. They can help you understand your legal rights and options, and assist you in pursuing any additional compensation you may be entitled to. We’re here to support you through this process, so please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

3. Calculating Severance Pay

It’s crucial to understand that no law limits your severance pay to two weeks per year of employment.

As per Ontario laws, your severance pay is governed by: your employment agreement, legislation, and common law.

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

We have a severance pay calculator that can help you estimate your potential common law severance pay. Give it a try.

We strongly advise discussing the results with Toronto employment lawyers like us to help you understand your rights and take the necessary action. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you deserve.

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 Toronto employment lawyer.

5. Ontario Ministry of Labour Complaint vs. Toronto Employment Lawyers?

It is essential to remember that seeking advice on common law severance pay from government ministries such as the Ministry of Labour may not be very helpful. These ministries can only provide you with guidance on your minimum entitlements under the Employment Standards Act, and not your maximum entitlements under common law.

Important: If you file a complaint with Ontario’s Ministry of Labour to receive your minimum severance pay you will be barred from commencing a legal action against your employer for common law severance pay.

Therefore, seek assistance from experienced Toronto employment lawyers, so you can improve your chances of receiving the severance package you are entitled to with confidence.

6. Terminations with “Just Cause”

If you find yourself in the situation where you have been terminated from your job with no severance pay due to “just cause” , it’s important to keep in mind that your employer needs to provide evidence of serious misconduct, such as theft, to deny your severance pay. Don’t hesitate to seek help if you’re concerned about your rights or have any questions. Remember, there are resources available to assist you.

David assisted me in an extremely personable, consistently professional, and reliable and punctual manner.  David is an extremely results-oriented professional.  I will be happy to refer David to any individual requiring his professional services.


Severance Pay Calculator

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

Free Employment Guides by Toronto 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

Toronto Employment Lawyers: Videos

How Much Severance Am I Entitled To?

How Age Affects Severance Pay

Severance Pay if You’re Over 45

Toronto 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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