Take Advantage of the Probationary Period


Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., wrote the article, "Take Advantage of the Probationary Period" for the April edition of Federal Times. Her article also appears on the Federal Times website under the "Ask the Lawyer" blog.


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Federal managers are aware of the phrase “probationary period,” and most have dealt with employees who are in it while under the manager’s supervision.  Research conducted by the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) have shown repeatedly, however, that while managers know what a probationary period is, they more often than not don’t use it for its intended purpose—to assess the work performance of new employees and to remove nonperforming probationary employees before they obtain job protection rights under Title V that make it more cumbersome for managers to remove poor performers or employees who fail to fully conform to workplace conduct rules. 

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