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.
This proposal is now before the Select Committee and still has to go through a Second Reading, Committee of Whole House, Third Reading, and Royal Assent before being passed into law.
From here the government has said the 90-day trial period changes will “come into force 4 months after the date of Royal Assent”, so we’re expecting it to be later this year or early next year.
So for now, all businesses can continue to use trial periods. Once the law changes, any trial period entered into before the date of the law change will remain in effect until the expiry of the 90 days, but it will not apply to new employees.
Which means now is a good time to review your recruitment processes – are you doing your due diligence to ensure the right person is hired in the first place?