Terminating probationary employees

Can an employer truly give notice of termination with no notice or pay in lieu?
By Meghan McCreary
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/30/2017

Question: Can an employer truly terminate a probationary employee with no notice or pay in lieu? Does it make a difference whether it’s early in the probationary period or when it’s almost complete?

Answer: An employer is permitted to terminate a probationary employee within the statutory probationary period, without notice of termination or pay in lieu, for any reason that is not discriminatory.

Most employment standards legislation across Canada dictates that an employee may be terminated without just cause in the first three months of employment, without notice or pay in lieu of notice.