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Answer for Extending Probationary Period

Sorry, it won’t work. You can’t “policy” your way out of providing minimum benefits provided under employment standards laws. Once employees put in the requisite amount of service, i.e., the probationary period ends, they become entitled to the notice, stat holiday and other ESA rights. Extending the probationary period would constitute stripping them of those rights, which you’re not allowed to do. What you can do is provide more generous benefits than the ESA minimums, but that’s not what you’re proposing–unless I’m missing something. Hope that helps. Glenn