Did you know that a trial period isn’t valid unless it’s in writing?
In New Zealand, it’s standard practice for new employees to be hired under a 90-day trial period (although businesses with 20 or more employees can no longer use trial periods for new staff).
However, a trial period is only valid if it’s set out in writing – typically within the employment contract – and signed by each party before the new employee starts work.
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