Can employers force employees to come back to the workplace?

There have been a lot of queries on whether employers can force employees to come back whether on a full time or hybrid basis and what rights the employees have. Essentially, employees are obliged to meet the terms of their employment contract which will state where the normal place of work is. While during the pandemic this changed for many employees, now that the guidelines are to phase back into the workplace, this will now be applicable again.  

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Probation – I have an employee who is being promoted; can I put them on probation?

When an employee is moving roles or being promoted within the organisation, probation cannot operate in the same way as it would for a new joiner and therefore any issues that may arise must be dealt with in a different way. An employee with less than one years’ service does not have the same protection under the Unfair Dismissals Act, 1977.

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