12 Year Office Manager Gets 24 Months Notice in Default Judgement :

In Saiklay v Akman Construction ( 2019 ONSC 799) Justice Corthorn award 24 months notice to a 60 year old office manager making $69,000 with 12 years service.

Regarding the issue of older workers. the judge said the following :

[27] At para. 11 of the 2006 decision in Lowndes v. Summit Ford Sales Ltd. (2006), 2006 CanLII 14 (ON CA), 206 O.A.C. 55, the Ontario Court of Appeal concluded that (a) there is no upper limit for the number of months that constitute reasonable notice, and (b) generally, only in exceptional circumstances will a reasonable notice period exceed 24 months.

[28] For an individual at or over the age of 60, a notice period in excess of 30 months might be reasonable (Abrahim v. Sliwin, 2012 ONSC 6295 (CanLII), 2013 C.L.L.C. 210-004, at para. 25). It is not uncommon for individuals over the age of 62 and/or terminated from senior level positions to be entitled to 24 months’ notice. (See: Dawe v. Equitable Life Insurance Company, 2018 ONSC 3130 (CanLII); and Bovin et al v. Over the Rainbow Packaging Services Inc., 2017 ONSC 1143 (CanLII).)

[29] As the Office Manager of a construction company, Mr. Saikaly did not hold as high a level of position as did some of the plaintiffs in either of the two cases cited immediately above. Mr. Saikaly does not have the length of service that some of the plaintiffs in the cases cited above had. The plaintiff in Dawe was a Senior Vice President with 37 years of service. He was 62 years old when his employment was terminated. In Bovin, one of the plaintiffs was the General Manager-Controller with 20 years of service. She was in her mid-forties when her employment was terminated.

[30] I am satisfied that the nature and longevity of Mr. Saikaly’s employment with the defendant, his dedication to the defendant’s financial well-being, his age, and his lack of formal training support a 24-month notice period.

My Comments :

This is another high water mark in notice periods. However it should be emphasized that the case was undefended and thus maybe of less precedent value than it it had been  defended.