Trial periods

Where the conditions in the new job differ from their old one, employees are entitled to a 4 week trial period in the new job. During this time, or at the end of the 4 weeks, the employee can still leave the job and claim a redundancy payment and/or unfair dismissal if the circumstances warrant it.


The four week time period starts on the day the employee commences the new job and runs for four calendar weeks.  The employee must decide whether to take the job within this period - working beyond the 4 week period will mean the right to a redundancy payment is lost.


If another alternative job is offered another 4 week trial period can be offered.


The employer and employee can agree a longer trial period for the new job if more time is needed for training. The agreement will need to be in writing and give a date for the end of the extended trial period.

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