Restricting a worker’s notice period

Written words can save thousands of dollars. Thanks to an employment contract, a British Columbia electrical and data services company was able to restrict the reasonable notice period for a worker to much less than he would have been entitled under common law.
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Ask an employment lawyer about an employment contract, and you’ll likely be told that it’s “almost always in the best interest of employers.”

There are a number of reasons why a contract is often in the company’s best interests, but perhaps none as compelling as the ability to limit the notice period if the worker is let go without cause.

Without a properly worded and executed employment contract that restricts the notice period, employers will be at the whim of common law and the courts when it comes to determining reasonable notice. And that can amount to a significant dollar difference.