Probationary periods

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 4/11/2007 11:26 am
A probationary period is a type of temporary employment arrangement whereby an employer hires an applicant for a certain period of time, usually for 60 or 90 days. These periods are designed to give an employer an opportunity to determine whether an employee is suitable and qualified for the work for which he or she is hired. During a probationary period, employees aren't guaranteed continued employment. If the employee's service during the probationary period is deemed unsatisfactory, he or she can usually be terminated at any time and for any reason. On the other hand, employees who have satisfactorily completed their probationary period may have the opportunity to continue working for the employer on a permanent basis if they choose to. Probationary periods can be beneficial to both employer and employee, as it gives each an opportunity to test an employment relationship before any commitment is made. Generally, companies who operate in an employment-at-will state don't need to utilize a probationary period, as they have the right to fire an employee at any time. However, if companies choose to hire on the basis of a probation period, they can negate an employee's at-will status by making promises of job security or use language that creates a contract. As a result, to avoid liability, employers should remind all employees hired for probationary periods in writing that they may be terminated for any reason and at any time, either during or after the probation period is over.
Share
Most Popular
Investigation into Campbellsville University Power Lines Begins
Kentucky Utilities and several agencies are launching investigations into how and why Thursday's ALS challenge went horribly wrong at Campbellsville University. Video Video
KY Republicans & Democrats Call for Investigations Against Grimes & McConnell
On Friday, Kentucky's Republican and Democratic Parties called for investigations into perceived violations made by U.S. Senate candidates Alison Grimes and Mitch McConnell.
A Lexington Neighborhood Celebrates
Some people in a Lexington neighborhood have been fighting all summer to keep the Greyhound bus station from moving into their neighborhood. Friday, neighbors said they won the battle. Video Video
More Than Two Dozen Horses Shot And Killed In Harlan County
Someone shot more than two dozen horses in Harlan County, according to the Humane Society. A $500 reward is now being offered for information that leads to the killer's conviction. Video Video
Officer In The Right Place At The Right Time
An officer doing a routine check at Thorntons helped catch a strong-arm robbery suspect on Thursday. Video Video
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
   

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.