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Introductory Period

In order to become a “regular” employee (either full or part-time), each employee must complete an initial introductory period of ninety (90) days following initial employment or reemployment in a regular budgeted position.

This period will be utilized to train and evaluate the employee’s effective adjustment to work tasks, conduct, observance of rules and regulations, attendance, and job responsibilities. The introductory period may be extended for a period of time, at the discretion of the supervisor in consultation with the Chief Human Resources Officer. During the introductory period, the College reserves the right to terminate the employment relationship with any introductory employee at will and without advance notice.

New and rehired employees will not be eligible to take Sick Leave and Vacation Leave until they are considered a “regular” employee at the end of their introductory period. The accrual of these benefits, however, begins immediately upon employment. If employees still in their introductory period are absent due to illness or non-work related injury, their pay will be adjusted to reflect an unpaid absence.

Employees who receive a promotion or transfer to another position at Rhodes will be subject to a new introductory period. Sick time may be utilized if necessary but vacation time is discouraged during this new introductory period. Previously scheduled vacation time must be approved by the new manager and should not exceed one week.


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