In Ontario, employees are presumptively entitled to receive reasonable advance notice of their dismissal from employment, or payment in lieu thereof. To assess what will be “reasonable” in any given circumstance, the courts are guided by a seminal court case from 1960 – Bardal v. Globe & Mail Ltd.
Bardal v. The Globe & Mail
Probably the most prevalent misconception in the area of employment law is the notion that all employees are entitled to "one month per year" as notice of termination without cause. This has, in the past, been referred to as the golden rule. In spite of repeated judicial pronouncements that the rule no longer applies, human resources professionals continue to apply it.
One of the difficulties faced by plaintiffs’ counsel in wrongful dismissal litigation is the length of time it can require to get a case to trial and obtain monetary compensation for the dismissed employee. Obviously, a plaintiff without a job is sensitive to the costs and delay which may result. This issue can often be addresses by way of a Motion for Summary Judgment.