What do I do? – Extension of probationary period

HR Tactics HR Consultant Brisbane Extension of probationary period

Q: Can we extend a probation period? And then if we want to terminate their employment during that extended period, do we need to follow the warning process and offer them a witness at the termination of employment meeting?
 
A: You can extend the probationary period in accordance with the contractual provision. However, if the employee’s length of service extends beyond the qualifying period for access to unfair dismissal laws in the Fair Work Act, you will need to give the employee an opportunity to improve before dismissing for unsatisfactory performance, and not unreasonably refuse a request for a support person in any discussion about dismissal.

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Jackie Strachan

Jackie Strachan

Jackie’s passion for creating better Human Resources outcomes stems from over 20 years’ experience in the field and a drive for finding innovative solutions.
Her HR career has seen her hold both operational and strategic HR management roles across a vast array of industry sectors including retail, financial services, child protection, professional services, dental, state emergency services, Department of Justice, agency recruitment and IT.
Combining her experience in each specialised area of Human Resources (such as learning & development, recruitment, WHS and employee relations etc), Jackie leads HR Tactics with an industry-respected foundation of knowledge.