Probationary Period

DHRM Policy 1.45 – Probationary Period
DHRM Employee Relations Site

This section applies to classified employees only.

Classified employees serve a probationary period of one year from their hire date or re-employment date. This is a trial period during which the University and employee learn whether the employee is suited for the job. This time may be extended if the employee experiences absence(s) of more than 14 consecutive days and for certain other reasons. Except to make up for the employee’s absence, the probationary period may not be extended for more than six additional months. If an employee is selected for a position that requires certification following completion of a prescribed training program, s/he must complete a new probationary period.

The state’s grievance procedure is not available to probationary employees. However, if an employee believes that he/she has been discriminated against in any condition of employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or political affiliation, s/he may file a discrimination complaint through the Office of Human Resources, with the Office of Equal Employment Services section of DHRM, or with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

During the employee’s probationary period and throughout employment with the Commonwealth, an employee should consult with the Office of Human Resources for assistance with workplace issues of all kinds. This office can provide guidance and referral to other resources as needed.