Essential HR

90-day Trial Periods

Some key points: A Trial Period is not a probationary period, it is not something that is passed or failed, it is not linked to performance. It is simply a period during which an Employment Agreement may be terminated without having to go through disciplinary or redundancy hoops.

It is not a separate agreement - whatever agreement is put in place when someone starts simply continues as is unless it is ended under the Trial Period. And a Trial period is for 90 calendar days - not 3 months - and it cannot be extended for any reason. Finally it is ineffective if the Employment Agreement is not signed by the Employee before they start work.