Move to Mexico gets work-at-home exec fired (Legal View)

Employee felt he could move wherever he wanted, didn’t initially tell employer he’d left
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/05/2012

A British Columbia company was entitled to dismiss a work-at-home employee when he 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 vice-president of operations. Destiny developed software that allowed for the secure digital distribution and delivery of recorded music on the Internet and Ernst was hired to market this to major recording labels.

Ernst also trained users on the system, developed product features, created advertising content and travelled to trade shows.