From time-to-time a decision will come along that will leave me not only confused, but frustrated. Wyllie v Larche, 2015 ONSC 4747 is one of those cases.
Yesterday, I wrote about the court’s decision not to award punitive damages in that case. With respect to that issue, the court decided that the employer’s refusal to pay the statutory minimum amount of severance to a dismissed employee was excused because the employer had offered the employee an extra $546.25 (gross of tax) to waive all of his rights. See: Failure to Pay Statutory Severance ‘Okay’ because Employer Offered to Do So.
In my earlier commentary I had written the following:
I have a number of issues with Justice Price’s decisions. Principally His Honour’s decision to award Mr. Wyllie no more than his five days of statutory severance and his decision to not award punitive damages.
I have already explained my concerns with respect to the punitive damages decision, this post examines the severance issue.