“Reasonable Notice” in Ontario

12 Feb ’06

While it may come as a surprise to some of the American readers of this blog, in Canada we do not have the employment “at will” doctrine familiar to many Americans. In common law Canada, employers may generally only terminate the employment of non-unionized employees upon “reasonable notice” (the terms of employment of unionized employees are of course governed by the collective agreement and applicable law). Michael Fitzgibbon warms up for an upcoming speech on the topic by blogging some thoughts on recent developments in the law of reasonable notice in common law Canada, and focuses particularly on the so-called month- per- year- of- service rule of thumb.

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