Hello again, how long is your trial for?
Under law a statutory trial period starts when the employee's employment under their old contract ends and lasts for four weeks. It may only be extended to last for longer than four weeks for the purposes of retraining the employee in the alternative employment.
In terms of notice, there are a few options:
Any trial period will be on the terms of the job you are trialling. You do not get any notice period for the trial job so any notice terms will be related to your old job.
Finally, the employee that was off sick. The employer may be acting cautiously because of being informed that she is depressed. You may know that she is not because you know her personally but the employer, who can only rely on what she says and what her doctor has said, may have a different view. As such they may be reluctant to simply proceed in her absence in case she raised a complaint from a discrimination point of view. If the employer is not satisfied that she is really depressed they may ask for further evidence or ask her to attend an occupational health assessment to get further information on her condition.
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