Employment contracts will often contain provisions for a probationary period. Probation is a period of time, typically three months, when an employee is first employed, which allows either the employer or the employee to terminate the employment for any reason. Probationary periods provide employers and employees the opportunity to assess whether they wish the employment relationship to continue into the future.
From an employer's perspective, it provides an opportunity to assess the employee's suitability for the role for which they have been recruited. From the perspective of the probationary employee, there is an appreciation that that their work performance will be under review and they do not have a guarantee of ongoing employment.
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