- During the probationary period (in this case 3 months) does the employer have the right to extend the employee’s working hours (e.g. was 7.30am to 4:00pm and changed to 7:00am to 4:00pm) without the employee’s consent? The signed contract doesn’t specifically state the working hours however the HR department verbally indicated that the hours are 7.30 am to 4:00pm OR 8:00am to 4:30pm and for the past 2 months the employee has been following this time-frame. No discussions were held with the employee before a letter was sent informing the employee that the hours of work will now be extended. Note that other workers in that department didn't have the hours of work extended so it is not a departmental change/organisational change.
- Can the employer hold this against the employee if there is objection to the change when the probationary period is over and hence terminate the contract? At the end of the probationary period, can the employer choose not to continue the Contract without any reason or justifiable claim? Even if the employee’s supervisor provides a favourable performance appraisal?