The Probation period

Article reviewed: 2013/01/14 | Next review due: 2014/08/02

A job often begins with a trial, or probationary, period, but contracts may not clearly state what this means.

Generally during this trial period, the employer gives the employee powers corresponding to the job, with the appropriate salary, but they must prove that they are capable for the role during the probationary period (i.e. the first 1-6 months of the contract). Often, the notice period of the job during probation is just a few weeks.

If the company thinks that the candidate isn’t fulfilling their duties effectively, then the employee can be given notice for dismissal. Once the trial period has been successfully completed, however, the probationary period is over and the full employee contract continues as normal.

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