Early termination of fixed-term contracts

Termination of contract by either party
By Colin Gibson
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/02/2013

Question: Where a fixed-term employment contract has no termination clause, what happens if the employer terminates the contract before the end of the term? Can the employee give notice of termination before the end of the contract? If the employee gives notice, can the employer refuse the notice and terminate immediately with no further liability?

Answer: Where an employee has a fixed-term employment contract, the employment relationship ends on the expiry of the fixed term, unless the contract is extended or renewed. In this situation, the employer has no obligation to provide any notice or severance compensation, unless that requirement appears in the contract.