Extend an employee's probationary period

Key points

  • A probationary period 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.
  • In some circumstances, for example if the employee's performance is not at a satisfactory level, the employer should consider whether or not to extend the period of probation.
  • The employer should ensure that extending the probationary period does not result in a breach of contract and should be aware of the risk of discrimination or of subjecting the employee to a detriment, particularly where the employee has been absent due to pregnancy, family-related leave or sickness.

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