My employer has extended my probation after my end of probation was verbally confirmed during (an admittedly difficult) end of probation review meeting).
My contract allows probation of up to 6 months and for my boss to confirm status verbally. It also allows for extension of probation.
My end of probation review meeting took place a few days before the 6 months ended as I was on holiday - the sole purpose of the meeting was to discuss end of probation. The extension notification was received in writing on last day of 6 month, however, I don’t believe this is valid as I wasn’t on probation on the date of the letter (and my contract doesn’t allow for new probationary periods).
Below are the notes from the conversation with my boss. I left the end of probation meeting with a clear understanding that I was no longer on probation.
Is it worth consulting a lawyer about a case for wrongful dismissal if I am let go?
Boss: “Let’s give you another 6 months and allow you to map out clear path to get to the numbers that you said you’d get to.”
Me: “So you would like to extend my probation?”
Boss: “No, I’m not going to extend your probation.”
Me: “I can work with that. It’s clear the communication between us hasn’t been right and I will address this”
Later in the same meeting:
Boss: “I think you’re going to be successful. If I didn’t think you’re going to be then we wouldn’t be having this discussion and we wouldn’t be taking you off your probation.”