Mandatory business trips

Entitlement to compensation for trips not normally part of the job
By Colin Gibson
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 06/24/2015

Question: If travelling isn’t normally part of an employee’s job, is there a risk of a constructive dismissal or an obligation for extra compensation, if the employee is required to take multiple business trips over a short period of time?

Answer: At common law, a constructive dismissal arises where an employer changes a fundamental term of employment without the consent of the employee. In such circumstances, the employee is entitled to take the position that the employer has repudiated the employment contract, may resign and seek wrongful dismissal damages.