How To: Properly Manage Probationary PeriodsPosted in : How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 1 December 2020
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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