A COVID boost to reasonable notice

Courts have started to evaluate whether the pandemic should be factored into dismissed employees’ notice entitlement

A COVID boost to reasonable notice

In 2021, we have begun to see court rulings dealing with circumstances where employees were dismissed proximate to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. To the surprise of many, the pandemic has not (yet) resulted in substantially increased common law notice awards for dismissed employees. While this is a positive trend for employers, given that positive COVID-19 cases continue to remain steady in Canada, employers should not discount the impact that COVID-19 can have upon an employee’s termination entitlements going forward.

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