Employers often require new hires to complete a probationary period before their permanent position is confirmed.
Probation periods benefit both you and the new member of your team. It allows each of you to see if you’re a good fit and to see whether the employee is likely to work out in the long term. They’re often for a fixed period – usually between three or six months – and your new staff member will be exempt from some statutory rights.
However, there are plenty of employment rights that apply from day one of employment with you. So it’s important for you as an employer to make sure you’re getting all the details right and you’re still complying with the law.
In this exclusive checklist, our HR experts have set out some of the most relevant employment rights and confirmed whether they apply to probation.
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