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Extending probation period at Work

What is the legal position with regards to a career with a probation period if that period gets extended? Are you at the behest of the employer? That is working for the Gardai. David in Lusk.

What is the legal position with regards to a career with a probation period if that period gets extended?  Are you at the behest of the employer?  That is working for the Gardai.  David in Lusk.

In a normal contract of employment a probation period for employment cannot be extended beyond 12 months if your job is covered by the Unfair Dismissals Act.  The Gardai have their own unique set of statutory rules and your question depends on whether you are working for the Gardai in the sense that you are a member of An Garda Siochana or that you are an employed civilian working for them.  If you are a Garda you would have to check the rules that uniquely cover the Gardai.  If you work as a civilian you are probably covered by the Unfair Dissmals Act but it depends on your job description. 

My advice is to talk to someone NERA - the National Employment Rights Authority so as to work out exactly what your status is and what rights you have. www.employmentrights.ie but just be careful navigating the NERA website. Please read out article on evidence of bias at NERA. CLICK HERE

 

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