In January 2010, Statistics Canada released information which indicated that the unemployment rate in Canada was at 8.5 %. By the end of March 2010, this number has dropped by a further 0.3%.
Despite this slight dip in unemployment, approximately 18,000 new jobs were created throughout the country during the month of March, with the majority of these jobs being part-time.
These statistics demonstrate that despite new employment positions being created across the country, many employees are still being terminated. Such terminations can result in many claims of wrongful dismissal, as well as violations of the Employment Standards Act, 2000. Both employers and employees should ensure that the correct common law and legislative requirements are met when termination occurs in order to help prevent such claims from being made.
For more information, please refer to the following links:
Toronto Star – “Jobless rate down slightly in Ontario”