Certified Dental Assistants
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Am I entitled to notice or severance on termination of employment?

In British Columbia, most employees are also entitled to what is known as “common law” notice or severance. Common law entitlements are determined by an employee’s length of service with the employer, age, character of employment and the availability of similar alternate employment, amongst other factors.

The difference between entitlement to severance under the Employment Standards Act and under the common law can be significant. For example, a certified dental assistant with six years’ service with the same employer would be entitled to six weeks’ notice of dismissal or severance under the Act. Under the common law, however, that same employee may be entitled to perhaps five to eight months, depending on a number of factors. Find out more in this article from employment lawyer Dean Crawford.


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