Toeing the line when dismissing staff on probation

Employers must tread extremely carefully when terminating a worker’s employment, making sure to do everything by the book

15th March, 2020
Toeing the line when dismissing staff on probation
Employees on probation have the right to fair procedures before a dismissal. Picture: Getty

Employers often ask how they can effectively manage employees during their probationary period and, if necessary, how to terminate their employment in a legally compliant way.

The requirements regarding dismissal generally depend on the terms of the contract and related policies.

If the contract provides that the disciplinary procedure does not apply to employees on probation, for example, the company is not contractually obliged to follow it.

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