Wording of employment contract was ambiguous

Two employees whom the employer believed had been hired for a fixed term entitled to notice
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Debra Duxbury and Michelle Tucker were hired on a part-time basis on Jan. 31, 2000, to take over the teaching of an esthetician program offered by Training Inc., a privately owned company that offers various programs of instruction intended to lead to certifications in various trades. When they took over the esthetician program, it was in a state of disarray. By the time the program ended in May 2000 the program was a success, thanks to their hard work.

Ms. Duxbury and Ms. Tucker received only positive feedback for the course. Although their employment was only until the end of May 2000, they assumed that they would be hired back again for the next term. In fact they had initial salary discussions with Training Inc. in May 2000 regarding the next term. Training Inc. was proposing to reduce their hourly rate from $25 to $20. The next term was scheduled to commence in July 2000.

Although no contract was in place, both Ms. Duxbury and Ms. Tucker spent a significant amount of time preparing for the next session on the expectation that they would continue working as instructors on a part-time basis or eventually a full-time basis.