Is it possible to extend a six month probationary period by another six months at the end of the six months?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 7 August 2012
Arthur Cox
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It is possible to extend a six month probationary period by an additional six months. It is advisable, however, that you first check the wording of the existing probationary period clause to see if it allows any scope for the probationary period to be extended. If it doesn’t allow for an extension and you don’t obtain employee consent for the extension, extending it could potentially be regarded as a breach of contract.

An employer may wish to consider including a provision in a contract of employment to provide that the probationary period will automatically continue until the employer has confirmed in writing that it has been successfully completed so that there is no suggestion that the

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