How to handle the extension of a probationary period

Posted in : How Do I Handle It ROI on 27 September 2016
Michelle Ryan
Ronan Daly Jermyn
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"We have an employee who is due to complete their 6-month probationary period, and we would like to extend it.  I am unsure about the duration of the extension and how to go about extending it.  How do I handle it?"

Firstly, it is necessary that the right to extend the probationary period is specifically reserved in the employee’s contract of employment.  It is also recommended that you reserve the right to fast-track an employee through the disciplinary procedure while on probation. 

It is a matter for an employer as to the duration of a probationary period, however, it is best practice to have a probationary period which would be extendable to a maximum of 10

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This article is correct at 27/09/2016

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Michelle Ryan
Ronan Daly Jermyn

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