Well-written Termination Letters release employees respectfully without violating employment law.
$300 (+ tax)
Termination Letters (Pink Slips) are given to employees who have been fired, laid off, or otherwise released from their employment. Small business owners use Termination Letters to finalize high-risk terminations that might result in legal action.
Treat your employees right.
A Termination Letter is a respectful, standard way to provide an employee with everything they need to know about their termination and how to proceed with their lives.
Make it official. Having a Termination Letter drafted will formally and officially note the reasons, date, and any other important details relevant to the termination for your company records.
Protect your business.
Drafting a strong, legally valid Termination Letter can significantly reduce the risk of a disgruntled employee attempting to sue your business after termination.
First you'll have a kick-off call with your Good Lawyer to discuss the current status of termination. After the call, your lawyer will collect the documents they need to complete the Agreement. They will share a copy of the final document.
1. Project kick-off call to gather information, advise you and answer questions.
2. One customized Termination Letter.
3. One round of minor revisions if necessary.
Pick a time to discuss your Termination Letter with a Good Lawyer.
Help your lawyer understand the situation and the goals of your letter. Your lawyer will determine what wording you need in your Termination Letter and draft something tailored to your needs.
You will receive a copy of the Termination Letter, ready to be printed or delivered.
Get your paperwork done the easy way so you can get back to running your business.
No. Termination Letters can also be delivered digitally. Sometimes they are simply pasted into the body copy of an email, but more often they are attached as a PDF.
No, Termination Letters are not required by law. They are extremely common because they reduce any ambiguity and provide an official record of the employee’s termination. While a Letter is not required by law, the cause and method of termination must adhere to employment laws. If you’re not sure whether or not you can legally terminate an employee, book an Advice Session with an Employment lawyer in your province.
While the two are extremely similar on the surface, they are not the same. Severance is given to terminated employees who have earned seniority in the company and is intended to compensate them for the work they have performed over the years. Termination pay is given in lieu of advanced termination notice and is intended to aid the ex-employee while they search for new employment. There are several factors that affect the amount of Severance or Termination pay an employee is entitled to. Your lawyer will be able to help you determine what is owed based on your existing Employment Agreements and the cause for termination, although this could have additional costs.
Generic Termination Letters can work well if the employee is leaving on good terms and is unlikely to attempt a lawsuit, although it is imperative that even the most simple Termination Letter still adheres to your local and industry specific employment laws. Stronger Termination Letters (the kind that are drafted for you) are recommended in the case of a volatile termination that might result in a disgruntled employee pursuing legal action. The Termination Letter can be central in the court case, so we highly recommend having it drafted by a professional. Having a Letter that breaks the law could leave you severely exposed and liable for damages.
This service will only cover the creation of one Termination Letter. If additional Termination Letters are needed, you can talk to your Good Lawyer. Sometimes it is more efficient to produce multiple letters and a discount is possible, but that is situational and Goodlawyer can’t guarantee any kind of bulk discount.
Termination Letters are generally delivered as a PDF so that they can be easily shared, printed, and signed. They can also be delivered as a Word document. If that’s something you’re interested in, make sure you mention it to your lawyer.
Generally, yes. Employment law can vary between provinces and not all lawyers are familiar with the laws in each province. If the lawyer you matched with doesn’t feel confident writing your Termination Letter they will let you know and Goodlawyer will find another lawyer who can help you.
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