The notion of a reasonable expectation calls for an objective inquiry to determine whether the facts proved would lead a reasonable employee to expect renewal. Facts relevant to that inquiry include the terms of the contract, the past practice of renewals, the nature of the work, the reason for fixed-term, any assurance that the contract would be renewed and failure to give reasonable notice of non-renewal of the contract. The applicant’s contract had been extended twice, and on each occasion he had been given advance notice. The respondent’s explanation for the decision not to renew might not have been particularly compelling.
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