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Have you been fired or laid off?

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Can I be fired or laid off without notice?

Yes, in some situations.

Your employer might say they are firing you because of something you did or did not do. They might say they have "cause" or a good reason to fire you without giving you any notice.

If this happens, try to get legal advice. Sometimes employers are wrong about what is a good reason under the law to fire someone without notice.

Here are some examples of when an employer might have the right to fire you without giving you any notice:

  • you stole from your employer
  • you damaged your employer's property on purpose
  • you threatened or assaulted someone at work
  • you refuse to do something that is an important part of your job, unless you have a good reason, like refusing to do work that is unsafe

Even if you did something wrong, your employer might not have the right to fire you without notice.

For example, it can help you if:

  • what you did was not very serious
  • your employer did not give you a chance to correct your behaviour
  • you have worked for your employer for a long time

And if you have not worked continuously for your employer for at least 3 months, ESA rules do not require your employer to give you notice.

If you think your employer was wrong to fire you without notice or if you think you should be paid for a longer notice period, get legal advice.