Work-at-home exec fired after unapproved move to Mexico

Employee felt he was free to move wherever he wanted and didn’t tell employer he left the country until after it happened
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/16/2012

A British Columbia company was entitled to dismiss a work-at-home employee when the employee moved from Alberta to Mexico without the company’s consent, the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled.

Dean Ernst was hired by Destiny Software Productions in March 2007 to be its vice-president, operations. Destiny developed a software system that allowed the secure digital distribution and delivery of recorded music on the Internet and Ernst was hired to market that system to major recording labels. Ernst also trained users on the system, developed product features, created advertising content and travelled to trade shows.

Worked from home in another province