Wilkes University

Introductory Period

The introductory period is intended to give new employees the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to achieve a satisfactory level of performance and to determine whether the new position meets their expectations.

Wilkes University uses this period to evaluate employee capabilities, work habits, and overall performance. Either the employee or Wilkes University may end the employment relationship at will at any time during or after the introductory period, with or without cause or advance notice.

All new and rehired employees work on an introductory basis for the first 90 calendar days after their date of hire. Employees who are promoted or transferred within Wilkes University must complete a secondary introductory period of the same length with each reassignment to a new position. Any significant absence will automatically extend an introductory period by the length of the absence. If Wilkes University determines that the designated introductory period does not allow sufficient time to thoroughly evaluate the employee's performance, the introductory period may be extended for a specified period to be determined by the employee's supervisor in consultation with Human Resources Development Office. Such an extension should be communicated to the employee on or before the expiration of the first 90 calendar days.

Supervisors will complete a Performance Management Worksheet in conjunction with each of their respective new staff members immediately following their hire as provided by the Human Resources Development Office. The employee's performance will be evaluated during the 90-day introductory period on the basis of the Performance Management Worksheet. Formal performance evaluations are conducted at the end of an employee's initial introductory/review period in any new position (see Performance Evaluation Policy #209). Supervisors are responsible for submitting a copy of the completed Performance Management Worksheet to the Human Resources Development Office no later than 15 days after the end of the Introductory Period or extended Introductory Period.

In cases of promotions or transfers within Wilkes University, an employee who, in the sole judgment of management, is not successful in the new position can be removed from that position at any time during the secondary introductory period. If this occurs, the employee may be allowed to apply for a comparable job for which the employee is qualified, depending on the availability of such positions at that time or any time in the future.

During the initial introductory period, new employees are eligible for those benefits that are required by law, such as workers' compensation insurance and Social Security. Employees may also be eligible for other Wilkes University-provided benefits, subject to the terms and conditions of each benefits program. Employees should read the information for each specific benefits program for the details on eligibility requirements. Employees may also contact the Human Resources Development Office for benefits information or clarification.

Benefits eligibility and employment status are not changed during the secondary introductory period that results from a promotion or transfer within Wilkes University.

Policy No. 205 Effective Date: 2/1/2004 Revision Date: 1/1/2006