Probation dismissal


Overview

A probation period has no bearing on your legal rights. It is a term of your contract when you start a new job, and allows you to decide whether you like the role, and allows your employer to see whether you are suitable for the job. Facing a probation dismissal can feel hopeless. This information on this page shows you how to fight dismissal on probation.

What is a Probation Period?

There is no such thing in law as a ‘probationary’ period. The probation period has no bearing on your legal rights. It is a term of your contract when you start a new job, and allows you to decide whether you like the role, and allows your employer to see whether you are suitable for the job. The probation period is only important because you would usually not have been working with your employer for two years and so would not have accrued the right to sue for unfair dismissal. This is what impacts on your rights, and not the fact that you are in a period of probation.

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