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Are leave entitlements the same while on probation?

All full-time and part-time employees start to accumulate annual leave and sick leave from their first day, even if on probation.

There is also no qualifying period before employees can access their accrued leave.

Learn more about probation entitlements below.

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

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:

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