Can you negotiate a job for life?

Courts reluctant to enforce contracts that specify life as a fixed-term, regardless of which side wants it enforced
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Experienced human resources personnel know Canadian courts are reluctant to enforce fixed-term employment contracts. Typically it’s the employer that attempts to enforce a fixed-term contract of employment.

As legal author Geoffrey England wrote, “the courts require unequivocal and explicit language to establish such a contract, and will interpret any ambiguities strictly against the employer’s interests.”

But what about the situation where an employee is seeking to enforce a fixed-term contract that attempts to guarantee her job for the rest of her working life? Based upon a recent Court of Appeal decision, it appears the courts will be equally reluctant to enforce such a contract when it is to the employee’s benefit as when it is to their detriment.