Termination & appointments

What are the procedures regarding disciplinary measures?

Any disciplinary measures, including a written reprimand, suspension, and dismissal, that your supervisor wishes to take against you must be imposed during a meeting with you within 30 days of the issue. You can request the presence of a union representative to help fight for your rights under our collective agreement.

How can I find out about other positions available at McGill?

Available postings will be emailed to you by McGill if you are currently employed as a research assistant or associate. If you are not currently employed, you can sign up for an availability list and receive email postings from McGill.

What are the procedures if my employment is terminated by McGill?

If McGill wishes to not renew your contract or terminate your employment, you must be notified in a letter signed by your Research Director. The length of notice is determined by your length of employment at McGill.

Less than one year – 2 weeks notice. Between 1 and 3 years – 4 weeks notice. Between 3 and 5 years – 6 weeks notice. More than 5 years – 8 weeks notice.

Notice is not required if your letter of appointment states that your appointment is not subject to renewal, you are terminated for disciplinary reasons, or you lose professional accreditation need for your position.

Am I eligible to receive severance pay?

Severance pay is available to employees whose employment is terminated for other than disciplinary reasons and who have worked at McGill continuously for 5 years or more. Severance pay equals 1 months pay per year of service, up to a maximum of 12 months pay.

Can I maintain my benefits if I am between contracts?

Yes, regular research assistants and associates who are terminated after at least 2 years of service at McGill have the option to go on an availability list. Employees on the list can pay to maintain their benefits (including the cost normally paid by McGill), and will receive notice of all research assistant/associate job postings by e-mail, as stated above.