How To: Properly Manage Probationary Periods

Posted in : How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 1 December 2020
Dr. Gerry McMahon
Productive Personnel Ltd
Issues covered: Probationary Period; Unfair Dismissal; Fair Procedures


The recent decision of the Workplace Relations Commission to fine an employer for dismissing a probationer – who ordered Covid-19 masks that didn’t meet the minimum standards and surface cleaner instead of hand sanitiser - serves as a timely reminder that procedural and practical considerations apply when terminating probationers’ contracts, even if they are not covered by the provisions of the Unfair Dismissals Acts (A Purchasing Officer v A Services Provider ADJ-00028733).

This case serves to confirm that - contrary to popular opinion – an employee’s dismissal during probation is not risk-free and can expose employers to sizeable awards of compensation and unwanted publicity.

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Dr. Gerry McMahon
Productive Personnel Ltd

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