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Hi there. Do you recall enquiring about this at any time after the trial period was due to end; either verbally or in writing?
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Many thanks for your patience. The relevant case in these circumstances is that of Przybylska v Modus Telecom Limited. It does relate to notice period due after probation, but the same principles can apply to your situation.
There, the employee Miss Przybylska, was employed on a 3 month probationary period, which could have been extended by the employer. During the probation her employment could be terminated with a week’s notice, with a longer period applying once the probation was completed. She was on holiday when her probationary period expired and the employer had not yet taken steps to extend her probationary period. A couple of weeks later she was dismissed with just a week’s notice, as required during her probationary period.
She complained of breach of contract and the decision was that she should have been paid 3 months notice, which would have applied after the completion of her probationary period. The Tribunal said that the assessment on whether to confirm the completion of her probation or extend it should have taken place during the probationary period and if it wanted to the employer should have extended the probationary period before it was due to expire. Therefore, if the employer has not taken steps to extend the probation before it expires, it would be assumed that it has been successfully completed and the terms that would apply following successful completion would be the valid ones. You can us this in your support to argue that if the probation was not expressly extended by the employer, it would be assumed that it was completed successfully and the terms after completion would apply.
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