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Employment Probation Periods: What You Need to Know

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 23 Feb 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Probationary Period Employer Dismissal

A probation period is a trial period of employment. The employee is employed subject to satisfactory completion of this trial period.

Why have a probationary period?

Employers will often carry out an application and interview process. However you can't always tell from an interview how an employee will do in a job in practice, or whether they will fit in with an existing team. Employers therefore have a "trial period".

A probation period will commonly be 3 to 6 months, though they can be as little as 1 week in short-term contracts. The duration of any probation period must not be unreasonable. Performance reviews are common during this period, as they give both the employee and employer an opportunity to discuss any concerns and address these (for example with additional targeted training). Regular formal reviews are not however compulsory.

Reader's Question:

"I was employed on a maternity contract for a maximum period of 12 months, the lady whose post I was covering decided not to return to work and I was confirmed in the post on a permanent basis 1 month prior to the expected end of my maternity cover contract.

I have received my new contract and have been asked to enter into another probationary period. I am unsure if I should agree to this as I have already successfully completed a probationary period as set out in the terms of my previous fixed term contract."

If you do not think that a probationary period is necessary, speak to your employer. It may be that you have simply been given a standard contract. A probationary period gives you less security, but if you already perform the role well, you should pass with flying colours!

Rights during probation

Your statutory rights during employment start on the first day of employment, regardless of any probation period. However your contract may give you less favourable terms during a probationary period than after the period has finished. For example:
  • A shorter notice period (for both you and your employer)
  • No entitlement to free private medical care
  • No entitlement to death in service benefit

Any less favourable terms must not infringe your general statutory employment rights which include:

  • Right to be paid minimum wage
  • Right to holiday pay
  • Right to itemised pay statement
  • Applicability of the working time directive

Readers' Question:

"If an employer gives you a 6 month probation and then after 9 months you have still not had your 6 month probation review does that mean you have passed it or not?"

If you are not told during your probation period that it is to be extended or that you have failed your probation, you are deemed to have passed.

"I'm 3 months into my probationary period and am not happy. I've not yet had a contract of employment but in the staff handbook it says I have to give 2 months' notice. I have resigned and they tell me they are holding me to that. Could they sue me if I only give one month's notice?"

You must also abide by the relevant contractual terms, even during your probation period. If you do not, your employer could claim damages if they lose work or have to pay other employees a higher rate of overtime to cover work during a period that you should have been working. Any such claims are rare however.

Extending your probation period

If your employer has stated that they want to extend your probation period, check your employment contract. This should state under what circumstances your probationary period can be extended, and for how long. Your employer can only extend your probation period if your employment contract says that they can extend it in the particular cited circumstances (e.g to have more time to assess your performance).

Reader's Question:

"I'm 7 weeks into my 13 week trial period at work and am going out on sick leave. Can my new employer let me go after my 13 weeks if I'm still out on sick leave?"

This is a scenario in which an extension of your probation period is likely, as your employer has not yet had chance to fully assess your performance in the role.

Your employer cannot extend your probationary period for "protected reasons". These include:

  • Your ethnicity, religion or cultural background
  • Your gender, age or marital status

If your contract does not allow your employer to extend your probation period, they may wish to change the contract. You do not have to agree to change your contract. If you think that the proposed changes are unfair or less favourable to you, speak to your local Citizens Advice Bureau for free advice about your options. (Find your nearest Citizens Advice Bureau office, including those that give advice by email, at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/getadvice).

Dismissed during probation

Just because you were in your probation period does not automatically make your dismissal fair. The usual test still applies: Did your employer act reasonably in all the circumstances?

Your employer has a duty to take reasonable steps to assist employees such as giving them adequate training to enable them to carry out their job. If you are dismissed on the basis of your performance, you would normally expect a reasonable employer to have discussed your performance with you on a prior occasion and given you the opportunity to try and do better.

You cannot claim for unfair dismissal during your probationary period as you will not have worked the relevant qualifying employment period. However you can still claim for:

  • Harassment
  • Dismissal due to "whistle-blowing"
  • Dismissal due to a "protected reason"/discrimination

Reader's Question

"I've started a new job on 3 months probation period, which is almost over (1 week) and have found out I'm pregnant. I have told my boss the date I'd like to work up until before maternity leave. He said he's not going to extend it and wouldn't give me a reason why and said that he doesn't have to. Is this the correct way to treat an employee?"

Potentially, you could take your former employer to an Employment Tribunal and claim damages. However you will need to have evidence relating to why you were dismissed. (e.g The fact that you are of an ethnic minority and did not get on with your former employer will not be enough. If you can evidence that your former employer said something racially discriminatory, or that all other employees of a different ethnicity with the same review scores are being kept on, that would be more relevant evidence.)If you think that you have been unfairly dismissed during your probation period, speak to your local Citizens Advice Bureau about what you can do.

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I have been working for someone for just over 5 months, wasn't happy with job an was giving new offer from someone else but needed to start in few days, would I be able to leave my current job so soon if I haven't signed any documents or contracts ( no actual contract has even been written) and not properly told I was even on probation.
George - 23-Feb-18 @ 4:36 PM
I was 4 months in to a 6 month probation. I got asked in to the office to be told I am not suitable for the role and my employment was terminated. I asked for a reason to get told it's in the letter and to leave ur id, phone and keys. The letter stated not suitable for role. I called the next day to perhaps get a valid reason to be told we are not obliged to give any other reason. Is this true or do I have a case for unfair dismissal I am also in a protected group due to disability,
Dan - 22-Feb-18 @ 5:10 PM
TT - Your Question:
I'm 5 months into a 6 month's probation, I have given notice that I will not be staying at the job, I have initially given a months notice, but have now have another job to go to who would like me to start asap, I have so far worked 2 weeks of the months notice, do I need to complete the remaining 2 weeks notice?

Our Response:
If you are contractually obliged to serve a month's notice then yes, you should work the remaining notice period. You could discuss with your existing employer whether they will allow you finish earlier.
SafeWorkers - 20-Feb-18 @ 3:03 PM
Jasper - Your Question:
Hi, my new employer has told me I am not entitled to any annual leave during my 3-month probationary period. Is this right?

Our Response:
Yes this is quite common. You will still be entitled to any leave accrued during this period though.
SafeWorkers - 20-Feb-18 @ 2:35 PM
Chas - Your Question:
Hi. My granddaughter had 2 months into a 6 month probation period. I had 2 bouts of dyhrea 10 days apart. I've been sacked them saying l've had to much time off, is this right.

Our Response:
An employer can dismiss you for too much sickness absence yes.
SafeWorkers - 19-Feb-18 @ 3:10 PM
Hi.My granddaughter had 2 months into a 6 month probation period. I had 2 bouts of dyhrea 10 days apart. I've been sacked them saying l've had to much time off, is this right.
Chas - 19-Feb-18 @ 11:12 AM
I'm 5 months into a 6 month's probation, I have given notice that I will not be staying at the job, I have initially given a months notice, but have now have another job to go to who would like me to start asap, I have so far worked 2 weeks of the months notice, do I need to complete the remaining 2 weeks notice?
TT - 16-Feb-18 @ 4:13 PM
Hi, my new employerhas told me I am not entitled to any annual leave during my 3-month probationary period. Is this right?
Jasper - 16-Feb-18 @ 1:54 PM
I have taken a new role at my current place of work and was put on a three month probation. I was not given a new contract but a letter confirming the changed in tole and pay saying I would be on the three month probation. If they were not happy with my performance I would be demoted to my previous role. I was wondering as I have decided to leave the business do I still need to give a months notice or as I am technically on probation can I leave sooner? The reason for a change in my role was I was unhappy and to keep me they promised changed which I do not feel have been for filled on their part. Pleas help
Mia - 16-Feb-18 @ 11:11 AM
Alison- Your Question:
I started a job on 3rd July my probation period is 3 months.In October I was due my review but it was never mentioned.unforunately in November I went on sick leave for 2 weeks to have a hand op that needed doing unexpectedly which then turned into 2 months off because of complications.I was then told I need a further op to which my work said as I have 20 days holiday owing I can use that.I am due back to work next week and they want a meeting can they still go back and do the probation meeting is it still valid ? They did pay me the first 4 weeks as company sick pay but worried now they could let me go.

Our Response:
As your probationary period expired without a meeting etc, you can assume you passed it successfully. Your employer cannot force you to take annual leave when you're eligible for sick leave. You may not be entitled to company sick pay but you will be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay. If they decide they want to dismiss you for having too much time off sick, the employer will have to do so via their normal disciplinary procedure (i.e they can't use probationary period failure asreason).
SafeWorkers - 7-Feb-18 @ 3:17 PM
I started a job on 3rd July my probation period is 3 months.In October I was due my review but it was never mentioned.unforunately in NovemberI went on sick leave for 2 weeks to have a hand op that needed doing unexpectedly which then turned into 2 months off because of complications.I was then told I need a further op to which my work said as I have 20 days holiday owing I can use that.I am due back to work next week and they want a meeting can they still go back and do the probation meeting is it still valid ? They did pay me the first 4 weeks as company sick pay but worried now they could let me go because I had to have so much time off but I sent all the docs and hospital notes and kept in contact constantly just would like to know legally if they can now do the probation.
Alison - 7-Feb-18 @ 2:48 PM
I started a job on 3rd July my probation period is 3 months.In October I was due my review but it was never mentioned.unforunately in NovemberI went on sick leave for 2 weeks to have a hand op that needed doing unexpectedly which then turned into 2 months off because of complications.I was then told I need a further op to which my work said as I have 20 days holiday owing I can use that.I am due back to work next week and they want a meeting can they still go back and do the probation meeting is it still valid ? They did pay me the first 4 weeks as company sick pay but worried now they could let me go.
Alison - 7-Feb-18 @ 2:40 PM
I started my job in May 17 and was told of an 8 month probation. I have had no issues raised through out but had a lack of supervisons with my manager. I found out I was pregnant in Sept 17 and informed my managed. As far as I’m aware there was no risk assessment carried out for me. I had my 4 month review in September and no issues raised. A couple of weeks ago my manager raised issues in regards to my performance etc. I dealt with these as best as I could over the past 2 weeks. Today they ended my contract will immediate effect. Saying I wansnt meeting criteria for my role. Said they didn’t think I was suited to the job and it was pointless extending probabtion period. I said that I feel issues have been raised since my pregnancy was announced but obviously they said this wasn’t the case.
RG90 - 18-Jan-18 @ 7:59 PM
My current employer offered me a job then while in my previous job i had to deal with a very public yraumatic incident. Due to the nature of the event it was clear that i might have lasting emotional effects from this. It was then 3 months before I started the new job. They had the chance to recind the offer and even when I meet with my new boss before my start date i was told that any support i needed woukd be offered. When i then started i was told by directors and all staff that i would get any support that I needed. My previous experience was raised often and each time i felt uncomfortable. We all then went for a night out which is where my anxieties came out and although I wasnt rude just very drunk it was brought to my attention at work a week later. I did agreebto curb my drinking when on a next night out and I also agreed to see OH and receive coaching. On the next night out the same thing happened. Inwas put in a cab early on in the night and thought nothing more again I was not rude. In the meantime i have not been offered the coaching and the OH appointment is not for a few weeks. Then on the first day back in the new year I was told that my probabtion period will be terminated and it was only because I put a case to them that they have delayed their final decision for a few days. They even said i act like someone that has issues. Bearing in mind they knew that they could be lasting emotional impacts and they still decided to employ me do they have a duty of care to support me. Or should i have the right after accepting the help to see it through before they dismiss any help would be grateful.
Beetbit - 6-Jan-18 @ 10:56 AM
I started my employment 9/10/17 and have done my job well. We broke for Christmas 23/12/17 and I was due in to cover for 2 days between Christmas and New year. I was unwell with flu but went in for the first of those days. I was praised by my boss by text for turning up when so unwell. During the past few weeks I have been going through a break up in a relationship which was starting to take its toll but I never let it affect my work. To cut a long story short, I had a breakdown. (I think the flu symptoms may have been the start of this) I informed my employers that I wasn’t well and couldn’t do the 2nd day of my stint between Christmas and New Year. Things got worse and Home and I saw a mental health worker who told me I should inform my employer that I was self certifying sick until I got a sick note from my own doctor. I then did this and informed my employer by email as they are in Spain. I explained that I just needed the 2 weeks to get my head together and find a new place for my daughter and I to live then would be back on top form. I have just received an email back saying that as I small company, they can not afford to ‘carry’ me and therefore are terminating my contract, but said when I’m better I should call them to see what we can do? I know I have done my job well. I don’t know what to do.
Jenn72 - 4-Jan-18 @ 9:53 AM
Started my current job in October, was fully aware of the 6 months probation period. Had monthly reviews and been praised highly, however had an issue which led to the company having to comp a free nights stay to a guest. I have now received an email saying I have a probation review meeting, in which depending on the outcome of the meeting they will either extend my probation or terminate my contract. Is it this fair considering I've had no other issues, plus Its not like I have breached my contract through negligence or gross conduct.
Kaz - 29-Dec-17 @ 6:45 PM
My notice period has finished 3 weeks ago. Since then I have had a new manager and he has extended my probation period and I was wondering if he can do it as my previous manager haven't had any problems or issues with my performance and my notice period has finished 3 weeks ago. Please advise
didi80 - 28-Dec-17 @ 10:08 PM
Hi I was dismissed on 4th Dec.My boss and HR told me they are going to extend my probation period on3rd of November and provide more support.But after I had 2weeks holiday,she told me that I will receive a letter and there will be a meeting which could end of my employment.she delayed my preceptorship for 2months.she deliberately build up the case to against me.She reported me to the NMC for fitness to practise,which it isdifficults to me to find the nurse job.she did give me support I need to,she told me hurry up everyday,critised my hair clip said it looked horrible,She told me' you are useless in front of every one before I had my drug training.She ruined my career. I maybe never be able to find a nurse job any more but I will fight the justice for other new nurses.
Lily - 24-Dec-17 @ 2:19 PM
Hi, my husband started a new job in April of this year on a six month probationary period, in October they sent him a letter stating that he was to have a disaplinary meeting with regards to his work (although he’d had an appraisal the month before and was commended for his work ethics). He was then told that they weren’t going to finish him but was going to extend his probationary period for a further six months. He’s since found another job that he starts in January. When looking at his contact it states that he has to give 12 weeks notice, even when on probation although the company only has to give one weeks notice. Can you advice if this is right? I was of the understanding that probationary periods have a shorter notice period for both employee and employer. Thanks Clagger
Clagger - 21-Dec-17 @ 2:15 PM
Dave - Your Question:
I have been on my probation period since starting with the company on the 17th of August, and over the last 2 weeks I have had crossed words with the factory manager. He asked me and a supervisor into the staff canteen told me he didn't know if it was me or him but I don't seem to be getting what I'm looking for from the company and terminated my employment with immediate effect. Is this legal and if yes am I entitled to be paid the weeks notice period as stated in my contract.Dave

Our Response:
As long as the correct procedures are followed yes you are entitled to the have your notice paid in lieu of working it.
SafeWorkers - 20-Dec-17 @ 1:36 PM
I have been on my probation period since starting with the company on the 17th of August, and over the last 2 weeks I have had crossed words with the factory manager. He asked me and a supervisor into the staff canteen told me he didn't know if it was me or him but I don't seem to be getting what I'm looking for from the company and terminated my employment with immediate effect. Is this legal and if yes am I entitled to be paid the weeks notice period as stated in my contract. Dave
Dave - 19-Dec-17 @ 6:53 PM
Nfox91 - Your Question:
I started my employment with a company on the 4th December, my direct manager went away on the 5th December and I was left with no direction or manager to report to. I was given a time table to spend time with different people however most days were left with lots of spaces in between. I found myself doing certain jobs. I asked if this was part of my job. The reason I asked this was because I wanted to know if this is something I would be doing on a daily basis or If I was just helping someone else. I then had a meeting with the marketing team and was asking them questions about their strategy and why they did certain things, I explained to them I was asking so I knew in order to do my job- without this information I could not do my job. I lived 4 hours from the office and asked what time I needed to be in the office for on Monday as my working hours in my contract were mon-fri 9-5:30 (but I would need to be flexible) I was told 9am I asked if I had a hotel room booked on the Sunday night as they had booked a hotel all week for me whilst working away. They informed me there wasn’t a room and I explained I wouldn’t be able to get to work for 9am as I’d have to leave at around 330-4am to get to the office in time. On Monday 11th December my manager came back and we discussed what I’d done the week prior. And I showed her all the work I’d done which she was really shocked by as I’d done bits she’d been trying to do for months. On Tuesday 12th December I got pulled into a meeting with HR and my manager who informed me there had been complaints about me and I was being negative and wasn’t right for the brand and therefore the M.D. has decided he didn’t want me to continue working there. They were really upset as they felt it was unfair, I explained the situation and that I had to ask questions to do my job. They agreed that I was right. I asked if I could speak with the M.D. and explain but he refused to talk to me. They said I was dismissed and to hand in my phone and laptop and my company car needed to be handed in to a certain garage near my home by Saturday 16th. They informed me I’d be paid for the all of December. I have since read my contract and it states that 1 months notice must be given in writing, which wasn’t done, and that I would be paid for the full month of the notice period and have access to all benefits during this time, which didn’t happen and it further states they could choose to pay me in lieu of working my notice period. Which I think they are doing as they sent me Home there and then. When I got offered the job I received an offer letter stating salary, benefits, employment commencement date and offer is subject to satisfactory references and completion of a 3 month probationary period. In the actually contract there is no mention at all about probation period.So I’m confused as to 1 can they just dismiss me as they’ve done and 2 do they have to go by what it says in my contract or does that not apply to me as in my offer

Our Response:
If you contract doesn't specify that a different notice period will operate during your probationary period then you should have been given the notice as detailed in your contract. If your offer letter stated that you would be subject to a probationary period and your employer didn't feel you were right for the company then we guess they could let you go before the end of that period.
SafeWorkers - 18-Dec-17 @ 2:43 PM
I started my employment with a company on the 4th December, my direct manager went away on the 5th December and I was left with no direction or manager to report to. I was given a time table to spend time with different people however most days were left with lots of spaces in between. I found myself doing certain jobs. I asked if this was part of my job. The reason I asked this was because I wanted to know if this is something I would be doing on a daily basis or If I was just helping someone else. I then had a meeting with the marketing team and was asking them questions about their strategy and why they did certain things, I explained to them I was asking so I knew in order to do my job- without this information I could not do my job. I lived 4 hours from the office and asked what time I needed to be in the office for on Monday as my working hours in my contract were mon-fri 9-5:30 (but I would need to be flexible) I was told 9am I asked if I had a hotel room booked on the Sunday night as they had booked a hotel all week for me whilst working away. They informed me there wasn’t a room and I explained I wouldn’t be able to get to work for 9am as I’d have to leave at around 330-4am to get to the office in time. On Monday 11th December my manager came back and we discussed what I’d done the week prior. And I showed her all the work I’d done which she was really shocked by as I’d done bits she’d been trying to do for months. On Tuesday 12th December I got pulled into a meeting with HR and my manager who informed me there had been complaints about me and I was being negative and wasn’t right for the brand and therefore the M.D. has decided he didn’t want me to continue working there. They were really upset as they felt it was unfair, I explained the situation and that i had to ask questions to do my job. They agreed that I was right. I asked if I could speak with the M.D. and explain but he refused to talk to me. They said I was dismissed and to hand in my phone and laptop and my company car needed to be handed in to a certain garage near my home by Saturday 16th. They informed me I’d be paid for the all of December. I have since read my contract and it states that 1 months notice must be given in writing, which wasn’t done, and that I would be paid for the full month of the notice period and have access to all benefits during this time, which didn’t happen and it further states they could choose to pay me in lieu of working my notice period. Which I think they are doing as they sent me Home there and then. When I got offered the job I received an offer letter stating salary, benefits, employment commencement date and offer is subject to satisfactory references and completion of a 3 month probationary period. In the actually contract there is no mention at all about probation period. So I’m confused as to 1 can they just dismiss me as they’ve done and 2 do they have to go by what it says in my contract or does that not apply to me as in my offer
Nfox91 - 15-Dec-17 @ 7:39 PM
AMW - Your Question:
Hi, on Monday I was dismissed from my job (2 weeks before Christmas, Merry Christmas to me). The letter said it was due to my attendance and timekeeping. I was on a 6 month probation and just completed 3 of those months. I was unhappy there anyway as my boss was practically bullying me and belittling me, finding anything he could to pick on me, I was in tears on most days. I had 3 days off sick in total, 2 of those days were due to some medication I was on, side effects and so on. I had been a couple of minutes late a few times due to traffic issues, I had mentioned it and was told to just make up any time at the end of the day, which I always did. Last week I hurt my little finger, I came to work in the morning, but by lunchtime I was in so much pain I almost passed out so got advised to go to minor injuries, so I asked my boss if I could go, he said yes but need to be back by 2:30, I got out of minor injuries at about 2:25, they told me it was broken, not to drive and that I needed to go to the main hospital in the morning to get it looked at properly, I rang my boss and told him all of this. I went into work the next day as soon as I had finished in the hospital, driving when I wasn't meant to because I was scared what my boss would say, he asked me to come into the office and told me l was no longer a reliable employee. On Monday I couldn't get to work because of all the snow we've had and my boss said I could take it as a holiday, I said if I could that would be great. He said he would have a word with HR, couple of hours later a receive a letter telling me I'm being dismissed as of immediate effect, but they have given me a month's pay in lieu of my notice period. Do I have any leg to stand on? Or was it all just bad timing?

Our Response:
It sounds as though your probationary period wouldn't have gone well any if you've already had 3 days off sick in 3 months and have been late a few times. Your employer has paid you in lieu of notice so it doesn't seem like they've done anything wrong procedurally.
SafeWorkers - 15-Dec-17 @ 3:19 PM
Hi I am nearing the end of may probation period of 3 months. During the early stages of the probation i was given smart goals to work towards, all of which were project based and would take the majority of the 3 month period to complete. For the first 4 weeks I worked towards these goals whilst picking and up and trying to learn the day job from the guidance documents that were supplied. I was then told to focus on the day job and not worry about the projects as it was important to be 'seen' to do the job. I agreed and moved forward. A few weeks later, my line management was changed and I was asked how i was getting on, i explained that i had been asked to focus on the day job, and not the projects and she agreed to this - putting it in an email to confirm. she also confirmed that she agreed with my assessment that the raining standards and materials for the day job were insufficient to support new starters. The weeks went past and nothing was said, I then had my appraisal, not a probation review and apopraisal and my line manager was in agreement that i was doing well. Later that day, 3 weeks before my end of probation meeting, my line manager said to pass my probation i would have had to have shown progress on my smart goals - the ones i was told not to focus on. I expressed surprise and agreed to working towards getting some of the goals achieved, albeit partly. The following week, i had a family funeral ceremony and agreed with my line manager that i would be off line for the ceremony - approx 2.5 hours and would be back on line as soon as possible - which i was. on the following monday my line manager said that the ceo was confused as to why i wasn't in the company meeting, and my line manager called me to ask me to apologise for missing it. my ceo had not been communicated to that i would be out and my manager had 'forgotten' how long i would be off line. I was told to make up the hours. I expressed my disappointment at this and then was called in and told that my probation was being extended by 8 weeks. I was told this was to 'show i could deliver on the original smart goals' - the ones i was told to leave to one side and they also gave me ADDITIONAL goals to complete in that period. I asked for a definitive reason as to why my probation was being extended and i was told that it was so that i could show the CEO that i was delivering. It appears that the ceo is very untrusting of people and felt that because of the confusion over the funeral, wanted to make sure she knew what i was doing and when. i still have not had an explanation that i would deem suitable for the extension and given what i have told you, do i have any grounds to push back on this? Thanks
Maw40 - 14-Dec-17 @ 4:26 PM
Hi I am nearing the end of may probation period of 3 months. During the early stages of the probation i was given smart goals to work towards, all of which were project based and would take the majority of the 3 month period to complete. For the first 4 weeks I worked towards these goals whilst picking and up and trying to learn the day job from the guidance documents that were supplied. I was then told to focus on the day job and not worry about the projects as it was important to be 'seen' to do the job. I agreed and moved forward. A few weeks later, my line management was changed and I was asked how i was getting on, i explained that i had been asked to focus on the day job, and not the projects and she agreed to this - putting it in an email to confirm. she also confirmed that she agreed with my assessment that the raining standards and materials for the day job were insufficient to support new starters. The weeks went past and nothing was said, I then had my appraisal, not a probation review and apopraisal and my line manager was in agreement that i was doing well. Later that day, 3 weeks before my end of probation meeting, my line manager said to pass my probation i would have had to have shown progress on my smart goals - the ones i was told not to focus on. I expressed surprise and agreed to working towards getting some of the goals achieved, albeit partly. The following week, i had a family funeral ceremony and agreed with my line manager that i would be off line for the ceremony - approx 2.5 hours and would be back on line as soon as possible - which i was. on the following monday my line manager said that the ceo was confused as to why i wasn't in the company meeting, and my line manager called me to ask me to apologise for missing it. my ceo had not been communicated to that i would be out and my manager had 'forgotten' how long i would be off line. I was told to make up the hours. I expressed my disappointment at this and then was called in and told that my probation was being extended by 8 weeks. I was told this was to 'show i could deliver on the original smart goals' - the ones i was told to leave to one side and they also gave me ADDITIONAL goals to complete in that period. I asked for a definitive reason as to why my probation was being extended and i was told that it was so that i could show the CEO that i was delivering. It appears that the ceo is very untrusting of people and felt that because of the confusion over the funeral, wanted to make sure she knew what i was doing and when. i still have not had an explanation that i would deem suitable for the extension and given what i have told you, do i have any grounds to push back on this? Thanks
Maw40 - 14-Dec-17 @ 1:26 PM
Hi, on Monday I was dismissed from my job (2 weeks before Christmas, Merry Christmas to me). The letter said it was due to my attendance and timekeeping. I was on a 6 month probation and just completed 3 of those months. I was unhappy there anyway as my boss was practically bullying me and belittling me, finding anything he could to pick on me, I was in tears on most days. I had 3 days off sick in total, 2 of those days were due to some medication I was on, side effects and so on. I had been a couple of minutes late a few times due to traffic issues, I had mentioned it and was told to just make up any time at the end of the day, which I always did. Last week I hurt my little finger, I came to work in the morning, but by lunchtime I was in so much pain I almost passed out so got advised to go to minor injuries, so I asked my boss if I could go, he said yes but need to be back by 2:30, I got out of minor injuries at about 2:25, they told me it was broken, not to drive and that I needed to go to the main hospital in the morning to get it looked at properly, I rang my boss and told him all of this. I went into work the next day as soon as I had finished in the hospital, driving when I wasn't meant to because I was scared what my boss would say, he asked me to come into the office and told me l was no longer a reliable employee. On Monday I couldn't get to work because of all the snow we've had and my boss said I could take it as a holiday, I said if I could that would be great. He said he would have a word with HR, couple of hours later a receive a letter telling me I'm being dismissed as of immediate effect, but they have given me a month's pay in lieu of my notice period. Do I have any leg to stand on? Or was it all just bad timing?
AMW - 13-Dec-17 @ 11:34 AM
Karn - Your Question:
Hello, I have just finished my three months probation. I asked my boss about my holiday entitlement and she told me I don't have any holidays until the start of the new year when everyone's annual holiday entitlement starts.The only holiday restriction is Christmas week. My contract even states if I start part way through the year, holidays are pro rata until the following year. I work 31 hours a week, five days a week. Thank you

Our Response:
If they won't let you take your accrued holidays in the weeks before the leave year ends - they must let you carry them over. You are entitled to these holidays, make sure you don't lose them.
SafeWorkers - 12-Dec-17 @ 10:53 AM
Hello, I have just finished my three months probation. I asked my boss about my holiday entitlement and she told me I don't have any holidays until the start of the new year when everyone's annual holiday entitlement starts. The only holiday restriction is Christmas week. My contract even states if I start part way through the year,holidays are pro rata until the following year. I work 31 hours a week, five days a week. Thank you
Karn - 9-Dec-17 @ 10:02 AM
beth - Your Question:
I have been working at a new job for 2weeks.i fell over at work and hurt my arm the doctor said I have to take 2 weeks rest.will I be paid??will I be sacked??does it make a diffrence that im on 0 hours contract??

Our Response:
What kind of job is it? If you are on a zero hours contract and have "worker status" you are not entitled to sick pay.
SafeWorkers - 5-Dec-17 @ 11:40 AM
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