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can you give an employee a evaluation period before hiring

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can you give an employee a evaluation period before hiring them?
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What do you mean by giving them an evaluation period?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
A trial period to see if the employee is a good fit. This is in the state of California.
Since this site has a separate category for CA employment law questions, I am required to opt out and transfer it to that category,
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thanks. Will someone else be assigned to my question?

Good evening,

I'm sorry to hear of the situation. I am a CA licensed attorney and have handled employment law issues for about 3 decades.

I presume that you are speaking of what is commonly referred to as a Probationary Period. Many CA companies have such a program and require that new employees complete a "probationary period" before becoming a "regular" full or part-time employee. The period is often 90 days, but there is nothing under the law which sets 90 days as the maximum time that an employee may be on probation as a new employee.

If at any time during the probationary period the employer believes that the employee is not a good fit, they may terminate them for any reason other than one related to the employee's race, color, gender, ethnic or national origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other personal characteristic protected by law.

I hope you found my answer informative.

I wish you the best in 2012.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thanks for your reply. I assume even under this probationary period they are entitled to unemployment?

Good evening,

Yes, even employees working in probationary periods have unemployment benefits paid on their behalf, and so long as they are not terminated for good cause, they will qualify for unemployment benefits from EDD.

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