We have continually cautioned readers about the use of fixed-term employment contracts. The reason is simple: should fixed-term contracts be ended early, there is a high probability that dismissed employees may be entitled to payment for the balance of the remaining term.
On June 7, 2017, outside of House sitting, Bill 17, Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act received royal assent. This means effective January 1, 2018, most of the new rules updating employment and labour law in union and non-union Alberta workplace will come into force.
The recent decision of Keenan v. Canac Kitchens, confirms that dependent contractors are entitled to reasonable notice of employment termination. The required notice period can extend to years, and such as in this case, amount to 26 months.