Include a probationary period clause in an employment contract

Key points

  • Including a probationary period clause in an employment contract can help both the new employee and the employer to focus on what needs to be done to ensure that the employee performs well in the role.
  • The clause should set out the length of the probationary period. The appropriate length will depend on factors such as the seniority of the employee.
  • If the employer intends that probationary employees will not have certain contractual rights or that certain policies will not apply during the probationary period, it should consider including this in the contract clause.

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