Aviation inspector grounded before end of probation

Highly qualified employee must still show ability to do job during probationary period or else: Board
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/30/2011

No exemption from probation expectations

Probationary periods are meant to give the employer a chance to evaluate a new employee’s ability to do the job once hired.There can be legal trouble if the new employee isn’t given a fair chance to prove himself, but on the other hand, the employee must demonstrate he can meet expectations.

A highly skilled employee with valuable experience — such as a helicopter pilot — isn’t exempt from those expectations. That skill and experience won’t save him during the probationary period if he can’t do the job.