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Employment Probation Period: Definition, Template & How to Implement

An employment probation period, referred to as a probationary period, is a time frame used to determine whether a new hire will work out. A probationary period may be risky if set up incorrectly, as it may violate local labor laws or undermine employer rights. Therefore, we’ll provide best practices for setting up an employment probation period.

An optional employment probation period, typically part of onboarding new hires, gives both you and your new team member the chance to make sure the job is a good fit. Similar to at will employment, there’s no requirement for the new hire to stay if the job doesn’t feel like a good fit for them, nor for the employer to keep an employee who doesn’t meet job expectations.

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