In this video, Richard Killen, a Toronto-based Licensed Insolvency Trustee talks about if the boss can find out about the bankruptcy.
The only time that a person’s employer is officially told, that they have gone bankrupt or that they have done a consumer proposal, if they have been sued and garnished by somebody, and your employer is having to deduct money from your pay to send to the court because of the garnishee. The person going bankrupt is basically going bankrupt or doing a consumer proposal, that’s one of the big thing that they are trying to stop that garnishee. A bankruptcy and consumer proposal will do that but isn’t going to stop if we don’t tell the employer to stop it. Yes, the employer would get notified in that case. The other thing I can think of is offhand, and where we would have this kind of contact with an employer, is if we had to contact an employer to find out some information that is of important to the creditors. Like for instance, say you have a profit sharing plan at work, and your employer is the only one who has the details of it, the profit sharing might be money that belongs to the creditors in a bankruptcy, you see the trustee has to verify this information. Now, there are different ways of verifying it, we might be able to verify it by having you get the information and providing it to us so there is no direct contact with your employer. We prefer to do it that way as long as we can get the facts. Generally speaking, an employer is not, I can’t even remember the last time that we contacted an employer when there was no garnishee involved.
If you are uneasy about your bankruptcy you should definitely visit a licensed insolvency trustee so that you will be given an advice about consumer proposal and debt problems.