Long-time public servant awarded more notice following dismissal

Employee had been in position less than two years but held other jobs at federal and provincial levels
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/28/2015

A dismissed New Brunswick government employee who bounced between the provincial and federal civil service is entitled to receive credit for his previous stints of provincial service when calculating his notice entitlement, the New Brunswick Public Service Labour Relations Board has ruled.

Stephen Smith, 50, began working for what is now the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in 1988 providing assistance to taxpayers at a call centre. The job was a seasonal one lasting 16 weeks. Two weeks after the end of that job, Smith was hired to be a collections investigation officer for CRA in Saint John, N.B.