Bad performance reviews and warnings

Is a poor review equivalent to a warning?
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/12/2014

Question: Can a bad performance review qualify as a warning in a progressive discipline scheme? If a review states performance or attitude needs improvement and is unacceptable but doesn’t indicate any consequences, can it be considered a warning?

Answer: Generally speaking, the answer to this question will be “no.” Poor performance reviews are certainly helpful in establishing that an employee was aware her performance was not meeting expectations, which is important.