In Cabott v Urban Systems ( 2016 YKCA 4 ) the Court found that the proper notice period for a 53 year old Engineer with 1 year and 2 months service was 4 months and not the 6 month notice period awarded by the trial judge .
However, what is interesting about this case is the comments that the Court made about notice periods for short service employees. The following quotes illustrate this point:
15] …. the respondent submits that the recent jurisprudence supports a notice period of five to six months in short service cases. While B.C. precedents are consistent that proportionately longer notice periods are appropriate for employees dismissed in the first three years of their employment, I see little support for the proposition that five to six months is the norm in short service cases for employees in their thirties or early forties whose function is significant for their employer, but not one of senior management. … Absent inducement, evidence of a specialized or otherwise difficult employment market, bad faith conduct or some other reason for extending the notice period, the B.C. precedents suggest a range of two to three months for a nine-month employee in the shoes of the respondent when adjusted for age, length of service and job responsibility: ( emphasis added)
15. In Hall this court shortened a notice period of seven months to three months for a 42-year-old skilled employee with approximately nine months’ service with his employer. Madam Justice Newbury, for the court, summarized:
 Of course, courts of law must also look to what awards have been given in similar cases. In this regard, Ms. Gill referred us to a number of cases involving employees with short-term periods of service in which notice periods of two or three months were selected: see especially Jimmo v. Chief Hauling Contractors Ltd.  C.L.A.D. No. 129 and Allen v. Assaly Holdings Ltd.,  34 C.C.E.L. 81 (Ont. S.C.J.) We were also referred to this court’s decision in Saalfeld v. Absolute Software Corp., 2009 BCCA 18, in which a “norm” of five to six months’ notice in “short service cases for employees in their thirties or early forties whose function is significant for their employer, but not one of senior management,” was rejected. (Para. 15.) The Court suggested that British Columbia precedents indicated a range of two to three months for a nine-month employee in the shoes of the plaintiff in Saalfeld. ( emphasis added)
. . .
 In this case, the trial judge’s choice of seven months as the appropriate period of notice did fall outside the usual range, which as we have seen is generally around two to three months in cases involving short periods of employment and skilled employees who are in their forties. I would allow the appeal on this ground as well. ( Emphasis added)
18. On the other hand, there is some force to the submission that Ms. Cabott’s position in Whitehorse, described by the judge as senior and supervisory management, involved somewhat greater responsibility than the positions discussed in Saalfeld and Hall. Accepting the description of the range of notice for specialized employees in short term positions as two to three months as observed in Saalfeld and Hall, the character of this employment would justify an award modestly beyond that range.
23. For a short term employee the useful starting place in discussing range is the two to three months spoken of in Saalfeld and Hall. The only feature of this case that would extend that range (there being no special circumstances such as inducement, bad faith or a poor labour market) is a level of responsibility not present in those cases.( emphasis added )
Before you thinking that the Yukon Court of Appeal is not that important , please note that two of the judges sitting on that Court are actually Court of Appeal judges of the BC Court of Appeal. This decision was written Madame Justice Saunders, the author of many BC employment judgements.