Probation

Employers can put their employees on a probation period (also known as a probationary period) to assess if employees are suitable for the role and business.

The employer decides on the length of the probation period. It can range from a few weeks to a few months at the start of employment.

Employee entitlements on probation

Probation periods aren’t a separate period of employment.

While on probation, employees continue to receive the same entitlements as someone who isn’t in a probation period.

If hired on a full-time or part-time basis, an employee on probation is entitled to accrue and access their paid leave entitlements such as annual leave and sick leave.

If an employee doesn’t pass their probation, they are still entitled to receive notice when employment ends and have their unused accumulated annual leave hours paid out.

Templates to help manage probation

Download our templates to help manage an employee’s probation period:

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  • figuring out if a mistake has been made
  • talking to your employer or employee about fixing it
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