Long-time employee doesn’t want new job

Employer wanted to groom replacement for employee near retirement
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/01/2012

This instalment of You Make the Call features an employee near retirement who was shifted to another position.

Al Hikel, 66, was a dispatcher for the long-distance trucking division of Cliff’s Towing in Edmonton. He worked briefly for Cliff’s in 1967, then worked for other employers before rejoining Cliff’s in 1991. Much of his job was spent on the phone with drivers and customers.

In November 2008, Cliff’s was sold to a new owner. He kept the staff and policies intact, but he was concerned with the fact the staff was getting advanced in age. In September 2010, Cliff’s began thinking about a succession plan for his position, as it expected Hikel to retire soon. When asked, Hikel said he wanted to work for “another year or so.”