North Vancouver executive chef awarded five months’ notice

Employer didn’t notice critical change in employment contract during renegotiation that struck out termination provisions limiting notice
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Read and understand the employment contract before you sign it — that’s a message lawyers and courts have driven home to employees when accepting a job offer.

However, employers would be equally wise to ensure they too read the contract before signing, as a Vancouver-area resort recently found out.

Dominique Dien was hired as the executive chef for Grouse Mountain Resorts Ltd., a ski and recreational resort in North Vancouver, B.C., on Nov. 1, 1999, at a salary of $75,000. The employment contract specified, among other things, that the agreement could be terminated by the company at any time for cause.