Notice of dismissal for short-term employees

What kind of reasonable notice is required for someone who’s still fresh on the job?
By Tim Mitchell
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/12/2017

Question: How much notice for a without-cause dismissal must an employer give a very short-term employee — such as someone with two months of service — who isn’t on probation? Are there any other legal issues that could come up in such circumstances?

Answer: Guidance on how much notice an employer must give to a short-term employee may be derived from two sources: provincial or federal employment legislation; or common law.

The statutory entitlements under provincial or federal employment legislation are minimum notice entitlements only. For example, in Alberta, the employment standards legislation provides that an employer must give notice of at least one week if the employee has been employed by the employer for more than three months but less than two years.