First Tuesday Q and A: Probationary Periods and Disciplinary Action

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 June 2022
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Probation; Discipline and Grievance; Dismissal

1)Can an employee get a disciplinary sanction during their probationary as well as a probationary extension?

Where an employee is failing to meet the employer's expectations, guidance should be given on the standards of performance and/or behaviour the employee needs to achieve. Where considered necessary, and only if the employer has a contractual right to extend the probationary period, the employer can notify the employee that their probation is being extended before the original probationary period expires. In doing so, the employer should advise the employee of the following:

  • The reasons why the employer is unable to confirm the employee in post. The employee needs to be able to

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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