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'Probation' by any other name?

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Question: Does anyone utilize other terminology for what’s commonly called a “probationary period?” I am concerned that this terminology could jeopardize our at-will status. No matter what you call it, what other issues should I consider as we formalize how we treat employees during the first 90 days on the job?  -- P.R. Ohio


Those first 90 days are referred to as an "orientation period" in our P&P Manual. There is a 30 day wait for insurance, which is industry standard.

The new hire does get any paid holiday that falls within the 90 days and begins accruing PTO, but is not allowed to use it. If they leave within the orientation period, the PTO is forfeited; if they stay, they start off with a nice little bank of hours.

We use the term "introductory" period and it...(register to read more)

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