Can an employer require a minimum tenure?
February 8, 2010 7:41 AM Subscribe
Asking for a friend: Is it legal for an employer (in Ontario, Canada) to structure an employment contract that requires the employee to stay and work for the company for a minimum period of time (say, one year)?
posted by Cyrie to work & money (9 answers total)
My friend has been working for this organization for a while and in the past, she applied under the professional development program to get support for a study trip, and they told her they would only support it if she signed a form saying that she would work for them for a minimum of year once completing the training. She declined and paid for it herself.
Her job is now being restructured and she has to reapply for the position. She is concerned that any contract offer will come with something similar, where they may try to compel her to stay with the company for a year. This is different than a notice period (which does have a bit of guidance material out there). Can an employer do this? Seems a bit like indentured slavery to me, and some searching through the Ontario Ministry of Labour doesn't appear to touch on the issue.
I know you are not a lawyer, my lawyer or my friend's lawyer. Asking for guidance and past experience if you have it. Thanks in advance!