I am a Canadian lawyer presently working as in-house counsel to a large publicly traded company and am also working on several private ventures. I would like assistance with finding a substantial number of Canadian court cases on awards given to wrongfully dismissed employees.
When an employee is dismissed without cause, under Canadian law the employee must be given notice that his or her employment is ending. Alternatively, an employer may choose to not give any notice if it pays the employee the earnings he or she would have received if notice had been given (commonly referred to as "severance pay"). The courts refer to this period of notice or the equivalent in severance pay as the employee's "reasonable notice" entitlement. The amount of notice awarded to a fired employee varies depending on factors such as the employee's age, skills, prospects of finding new employment, and his or her length of service with the employer prior to being fired.
I would like assistance with researching the amount of reasonable notice awarded by Canadian courts to dismissed employees based on the above-mentioned factors. The goal is to create a database of approximately 130 cases to compare how these factors affect the reasonable notice entitlement. I have created a template research table with selection guidelines for finding the cases, which I would like to have you fill out as you search for relevant cases.
Knowledge of commonwealth legal principles (such as we have in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Australia and India) is required and knowledge of the Canadian court system would be, of course, very useful. You will also need to have your own access to a case database such as Westlaw or Lexis-Nexis.
Skills: research, lexis-nexis