5. Trial Period

Redundancy and the Right to a Trial Period If you offer someone an alternative to redundancy, the alternative employment is subject to a statutory four-week trial period if the terms of the new employment differ in any respect from the employee’s existing terms. The purpose of this trial is to give the employer and employee the opportunity to try out the new role. The alternative employment can start immediately after the notice of redundancy expires, or no later than four weeks after the end of the previous employment. It needs to be a clear offer and should set out the key terms and explain how the new contract differs from the existing one. Start and duration of trial period A statutory trial period begins when...

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If an employee is made redundant and offered an alternative role, they may be able to do this on a trial period.

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