Probationary Periods - To Extend or to Dismiss? How Do I Handle It?

Posted in : How do I handle it NI on 14 February 2023
Emma Doherty
Tughans LLP
Issues covered: Probation; Performance

“We have an employee who has recently joined the business, unfortunately, things are not working out as we had hoped. The employee is still in their probationary period, can we extend their probationary period, or ultimately dismiss them if their performance does not improve? How do we handle this?”

Many employers will incorporate a probationary period into the contract of employment to monitor and assess an employee’s performance and suitability to the role in the initial stages of their employment. Such periods can vary in length, with the duration depending on the requirements and responsibilities of the job and how long the employer requires to properly assess performance and conduct

Already a subscriber?

Click here to login and access the full article.

Don't miss out, register today!

Are you fully aware of the benefits of Legal-Island's Employment Law Update Service? We help hundreds of people like you understand how the latest changes in employment law impact on your business.

Help understand the ramifications of each important case from NI, GB and Europe

24/7 access to all the content in the Legal Island Vault for research case law and HR issues

Ensure your organisation’s policies and procedures are fully compliant with NI law

Receive free preliminary advice on workplace issues from the employment team at Worthingtons Solicitors

Already a subscriber, now or Register

This article is correct at 14/02/2023

The information in this article is provided as part of Legal-Island's Employment Law Hub. We regret we are not able to respond to requests for specific legal or HR queries and recommend that professional advice is obtained before relying on information supplied anywhere within this article.

Emma Doherty
Tughans LLP

The main content of this article was provided by Emma Doherty. Contact telephone number is +44 (0) 28 9055 3337 or email

View all articles by Emma Doherty