Dental assistant’s tenure with previous employer counts

A court has ruled that a dental assistant has to be given credit for the 24 years she worked for a previous dentist, after the practice was bought and her employment was terminated
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A court has ruled that a dental assistant has to be given credit for the 24 years she worked for a previous dentist, after the practice was bought and her employment was terminated.

Judy Perkins worked for James Armstrong from 1982 until 2003, when he sold his practice to Donald Shuen. In the new office Perkins had much the same duties as before. But the days of her four-day workweek were changed, she no longer ordered supplies, and she didn’t do bank deposits. She received fewer days off over Christmas and received lower vacation pay. Shuen told her it was because she’d not yet been employed by him for a full year.

In February 2005 her employment was terminated and Perkins filed a wrongful dismissal action seeking 18 months’ notice, including the time she’d spent with Armstrong.