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Crawford v. Rice Financial Group Inc., 2003 CarswellMan 368, 2003 MBQB 216 (Man. Q.B.)

Kerry Crawford was a 45-year-old chartered accountant, working for Rice Financial Group Inc. in Winnipeg, managing pension funds. He worked at Rice for 20 months at a salary of $82,000 until he was terminated last January. The court determined reasonableness of notice based on: the character of employment, the length of service, the employee’s age and the availability of similar employment.

The court was satisfied Crawford had tried to find work to mitigate his loss. But it said he should have taken advantage of Rice’s offer to provide career counselling through Blue Cross, which “might have assisted in obtaining employment earlier.”