In Cabot v Urban Systems ( 2016 YKCA 4) the plaintiff was employed for only 14 months as a Professional Planner. Her age seems to be in the late 40’s.
The trial judge awarded her 6 months notice but the CA reduced it to 4 months.
This is what they said about notice periods for short service employees:
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.
24. Adjusting the judge’s finding that six months was a reasonable notice period to take account of his erroneous reference to Ms. Cabott’s hope of returning to British Columbia, and considering the range for this type of case which I would put generally at three to four months, I would allow the appeal, set aside the order and grant judgment to Ms. Cabott based upon four months’ notice.
It should be noted that two of the judges in this case ( Mr Justice Goberman and Madam Justice Saunders) are on the BC Court of Appeal , so in essence this could easily be viewed as the BC view of notice for short service cases.