Employee Probationary Periods

Informational Memo

Published: January 22, 2019

Employee Probationary Periods
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This material contains general information; it should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited in this material are available on request from the League’s Research and Information Service staff.

Understand the risks and rewards of establishing a probationary period for employees in your city. Find practice pointers for avoiding legal pitfalls, how to document performance, establish standards, and deal with special categories of probationary employees such as veterans. Outlines the status of probationary employees under selected laws including veterans preference and military leave, unemployment benefits, health insurance benefits, family and medical leave act and other leaves. Due process considerations in ending employment of probationary employees.