With the introduction of the statutory minimum disciplinary and grievance procedures in October this year, I am wondering whether there will be any point in probation periods moving forward?

At my current (and previous) Companies, we clearly state that formal disciplinary and grievance procedures do not apply during probationary period. This obviously negates the use of lengthy procedures during probation, when an employee is clearly not suited to the role. Is this still ok to do?

Can anyone advise how their Company is approaching this and whether there will still be a way to dismiss during probation without having to follow lengthy procedures (though I suspect not).

Maxine Lever