Trial and probationary periods

Trial periods and probationary periods can be used to make sure an employee can do the job. These must be agreed in the employment agreement.

Trial periods

An employer with 19 or fewer employees can use a trial period for up to 90 days as long as this is agreed in the written employment agreement before the employee starts work.

Probationary periods

Can be used to find out if an employee can do a new job or for employees who are changing jobs with the same employer. Probationary periods must be in the employment agreement.

Page last revised: 20 July 2019

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