Reasonable notice for part-time employees

Entitlement to part-timers compared to full-timers
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 03/21/2012

Question: Is there a difference in the requirements for severance pay or notice of dismissal requirements between part-time and full-time employees, either in statutory minimums or the courts? Is there any variance between different Canadian jurisdictions?

Answer: In the absence of just cause for dismissal, employers must provide notice of dismissal or pay in lieu thereof (sometimes referred to as “severance”). In addition, some statutes, such as Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000, require severance payments in certain circumstances.

The amount of notice or severance to be provided is entirely unaffected by whether the individual was a full- or part-time employee. As has been discussed many times in the past, the statutory amounts of notice and severance are dictated strictly by length of service. The common law requirement of “reasonable notice” is based upon a number of factors, length of service being one.