Do all employment contracts have a probation period?

Do all employment contracts have a probation period?

Legally, there’s no such thing as a probationary period. Your employer can extend your probationary period, as long as your contract says they can do this. For example, your employer may want to extend your probationary period in order to have more time to assess your performance.

Do you need a contract for probation period?

A probationary period is a contractual period of time at the start of an employment contract between a new employee and an organisation. During the probationary period the employee can be exempt from some contractual rights, e.g. employee benefits.

Can a probationary employee be terminated immediately?

Generally, this means that an employer can terminate the employee during the probationary period without leaving the employer open to an unfair dismissal claim.

Can a probation period be included in a contract of employment?

The contract can include a probationary period and can allow for this period to be extended. The Unfair Dismissals Acts 1997–2015 will not apply if you are dismissed at an early stage in your employment while you are on probation or undergoing training, provided that:

What happens if there is no probationary period?

In the absence of a probationary period clause in the employment contract, the employer will have to rely on the usual notice provisions to terminate the employment contract.

Can a probationary period be terminated on short notice?

Regardless of the length of the probationary period, both parties should be able to terminate the employee’s employment on short notice during that time. For example, if the usual notice provision is three months, it may be preferable to have a one-month notice provision during the probationary period.

When do employers get the full picture of probationary periods?

Simply put, employers do not get the “full picture” until an employee has actually started working for them and the interview veneer has worn off. Then comes the harsh reality that, in practice, almost one in five new employees fails to get past their probationary period or have their probationary period extended.

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