An extension may not always be necessary to support a successful confirmation of appointment and will depend upon when the absence falls, in relation to the review period and outstanding objectives. Some employees may not require an extension if they are on course to complete within the original timescales. Probation may be extended due to extended periods of sickness absence. If probation is extended due to sickness absence, effective date of confirmation in post would be the day after the extension date.
In relation to maternity absences, such an issue should be discussed in any planning discussions following the notification of maternity leave. If probation is extended due to maternity absence, this is termed as re-scheduled. The duration of the extension is the length of ML absence. If probation is extended due to maternity absence, effective date of confirmation in post would be back-dated to the original probation end date. In both cases, permission has to be sought from the Chair of the Central Probation Committee (via HR).