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Understanding initial probationary employment periods

On Behalf of | Aug 19, 2019 | Wrongful Termination |

There will almost always be some amount of trepidation when you start a new job in Fort Lauderdale. You want to come in right away an impress your new employer. In many professional positions, however, it is often understood that there will be an early acclimation period during which you get up to speed with regard to your new responsibilities. It is for this reason why so many come to us here at The Law Office of Michelle Cohen Levy, P.S. confused as to why they were so quickly dismissed from their new positions. Oftentimes, employers in such situations will state that these people were let go during their probationary period. 

Can an employer immediately place you (as a new hire) into a probationary status? The law does indeed allow them to do so to help ensure that you are a good fit for both the position that you have been hired for and within the company’s overall culture. However, Section 443.131 of Florida’s state statutes says that if an employer does hire you into an initial probationary period, you must be informed of that fact within seven days of commencing your née job. State law also does not allow that period to exceed 90 days. 

What happens if you are dismissed after your probationary period? The law requires that your now-former employer present evidence demonstrating its decision was based upon your unsatisfactory performance. A lack of work during seasonal down times is not an acceptable reason to fire your during this period. 

More information on your protections against wrongful termination can found by further exploring our site.