A sad ending to funeral home manager’s employment

New owners made several changes to terms of employment enshrined in transition agreement that constructively dismissed former owner of Ontario funeral home
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/11/2019
A sad ending
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An Ontario funeral home must pay a former owner who became general manager after selling the business more than $1.2 million after changing several terms of a transitional service agreement that breached the agreement and amounted to constructive dismissal.

Grant McGuinty ran the McGuinty Funeral Home in North Bay, Ont. with his brother for many years. The funeral home was started by their grandfather many years earlier and had been a family-run business since its inception. McGuinty and his brother took over the business in 1990, with McGuinty serving as the face of the business, attending community events and participating in charitable work.

However, McGuinty’s brother fell ill and wasn’t able to continue working. The funeral home was too much for McGuinty to run on his own, so he decided to sell it to another set of brothers, Gary and Steven Eides, who owned a funeral home in a nearby town and a funeral chapel in another town.