dh started his job in November of last year (permanent fulltime salaried employee). job had 6 month probation which I think is pretty standard nowadays.
in his review in May, after the 6m probationary period had expired, they told him they were extending by 8 weeks.
I've checked the fair work website and it says for employers with 15 or more staff, 6 months is the max probation period and it cannot be extended.
we've done a staff count and it's something like 13 fulltime and 2 part time employees. so just on 15. there was another lady but they got rid of her under rather unpleasant terms. the employer also hasn't paid super since February this year. dh is understandably not happy in the company and has started looking around elsewhere.
just wondering if anyone knows whether extension of probation like this is allowed? my understanding is it's not but I just wanted to check. also, with the 15 employees threshold, at what point do they count it? like for employers who are borderline, at what point in time is the headcount taken into consideration? finally, is it 15 fulltime employees or 15 employees (irrespective of full/part time status)?
this is causing us a fair bit of tension as I'm on mat leave til sept, my ppl just finished and we feel like we are waiting for the axe to fall!