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Can I force my employer to give me work or lay me off? (Salary, BC Canada)
Can I force my employer to give me work or lay me off (severance then EI) instead of just having me sit around on unpaid leave in BC, Canada?
I work for an professional services firm. Work is very slow at the office right now for my group and the company has not been having a good year -- though things are picking up! However, because of the the bad year so far, the company has no room to keep employees around when they aren't billable.
I found out last FRIDAY that if we don't have a project to work on, don't come to work -- take vacation or unpaid leave! I think only my manager is working today. He's pretty bummed about the situation and I bet he's working, no pay, on proposals and whatnot. I'd help him (for free) if he asked -- we gotta find work!
Nobody is being layed off because we have good future prospects. We might be short-staffed as it is come September....
I'm currently at home using my vacation hours. They run out next week which means I will be going on unpaid leave unless something changes.
HOWEVER, a man's gotta eat. I have some good savings and could just sit tight, but really I'd rather work on overhead (collecting a paycheque) or get laid off, not use my savings, collect my 4 weeks severance, and go on E.I.
I'd love to look for a new job anyways, so severance, EI, plus no pussy-footing around asking for a reference from my current manager would be great. Also, I have a very good relationship with my manager and he would definitely give me a good reference.
I don't need the benefits because I get benefits through my wife.