The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our economy over the past year. Many of us have experienced firsthand the struggles of small businesses and hard-hit industries such as the food services sector and tourism. The strains on businesses are unavoidably accompanied by employee layoffs and terminations. Near the beginning of the pandemic, one question on many employment lawyers’ minds was, what impact will the COVID-19 pandemic have on calculating an employee's severance pay?
In Murphy v Factors Labs (2020 BCPC 163) Burnett J., upheld the termination of a long service factory employee who refused to wear a "Bump Cap”
This blog will consider a recent case where the judge considered whether the common law reasonable notice period should be increased because the availability of similar employment is limited because of COVID.