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When an employee fails to comply with their obligation to attend work, they may be considered to have ‘abandoned’ the employment and the employer may consider the contract as terminated. In order to determine whether an employee has abandoned the employment, the test is whether “viewing the circumstances objectively, would a reasonable person have understood from the employee’s words and actions, that he or she had abandoned the contract”?1

  1. Pereira v. The Business Depot Ltd., 2011 BCCA 361 []