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How do I deal with an employee who is under performing during their probationary period?


Written by Sue Berry on 10th May 2017. Revised 10th November 2020.

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Where an employee is failing to perform during their probationary period there is an onus on the employer to provide training to support the person. Where this training does not lead to improved performance, and there is a belief that the person will not meet expressed minimum requirements of the job, then the person may be dismissed.

Despite having only been with the firm a short time, the dismissal must be carried out fairly to avoid the risk of a wrongful dismissal claim.

Following the right process is essential. Please speak to us before you take any action.