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Category: trial periods

probationary periods

24th April 2019

volunteer vs employeeWith the changes to the 90 day trial period coming into effect on 6th May, conversations have resurfaced about the effectiveness of using probationary periods as an alternative.

Certainly, there is merit in using them but it should be done with caution.

The intent of a probationary period is to assess an employee’s skill set for a particular position – this means that (unlike the 90 day trial period), it can be used for an ex-employee coming back into the organisation or for a current employee moving into a new role.

However, there are some things to keep in mind regarding a probationary period:

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90 day trial periods

10th June 2018

Some recent ERA decisions have shown that the 90 day trial period does not mean you can throw caution to the wind and disregard all due process.  Some unjustified dismissal claims are still upheld, so its worth remembering these points:

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proposed changes to 90 day trial period

18th April 2018

The Labour government has proposed changes to the 90 day trial period, by only allowing it to be used by companies that employ 19 or less people, but it hasn’t become law just yet.

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