Both sides agreed that an investment firm fired an equity fund manager without just cause and owed him 18 months’ termination notice. The question: Did the firm also have to pay the manager the benefits he’d have earned under his profit-sharing plan during those 18 months had he not been fired? The trial court said yes and awarded the manager $953K in lost opportunity damages. But the Ontario Court of Appeal said that the court got it wrong and upheld the appeal. The rule: Employees fired without cause are entitled to the earnings they’d have received during the notice period, including plan benefits, as long as the plan doesn’t specifically take away their rights to earn benefits during the notice period. The trial court in this case just assumed the manager would have accrued profit-sharing benefits over the 18 months without looking at the plan’s express terms [Manastersky v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2019 ONCA 609 (CanLII), July 18, 2019].