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Probation and early termination document templates

Probation can be broadly defined as a trial period for newly recruited workers. Probation periods commonly last for three months, six months, or a year.

Employees on a probationary period won't have worked for you long enough to qualify for unfair dismissal protection. However, they are still protected against harassment and dismissal for 'protected reasons' such as gender, age, ethnicity, disability, religion and cultural background.

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Termination of employment (probation) letter template

A model termination of employment (probation) letter template to assist you in managing this event with a best practice method.

Reviewed 23 Nov 2021

Termination of employment (short service) letter template

It may be that you do not think an individual is the right fit for your company, or there could have been various conduct or capability issues that have raised legitimate concerns.

You may therefore legally dismiss an employee with less than 2 years service without the need to demonstrate a fair reason for the dismissal, and with no obligation to go through a fair disciplinary or dismissal procedure.

Employees only gain statutory protection against unfair dismissal after accruing two years’ continuous service with the same employer.

Note: if you have already started to follow a disciplinary or dismissal procedure (as per your written policy), you are advised to continue that process to its conclusion. You should not use this template in those circumstances.

Reviewed 23 Nov 2021
Termination template pack

Termination template pack

Unlimited downloads of all 2 Probation and early termination document templates in this pack, plus everything else in the Termination template pack for 12 months.

Training and development policies

Model policies to help you create and maintain legally compliant rules for your organisation on training and development.

Confidentiality documents

Confidentiality, or not disclosing certain information, is important in a wide range of jobs.

Flexible working documents

Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, for example having flexible start and finish times, or working from home.

Resignation documents

Model letters and forms to help you create and maintain legally compliant documents for your organisation on resignations.