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. Spelman uses this period to evaluate employee capabilities, work habits, and overall performance. Either the employee or Spelman 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 ninety (90) calendar days after their date of hire. Employees who are promoted or transferred within Spelman 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 Spelman 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.

In cases of promotions or transfers within Spelman, 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 return to his or her former job or to a comparable job for which the employee is qualified, depending on the availability of such positions and Spelman's needs. If no position is available the employee will be subject to termination.

During the initial introductory period, new employees are eligible for all benefits that are required by law, such as workers' compensation insurance and Social Security. In addition, employees will be eligible for most other benefits to include life, disability (after one year of employment) and medical insurance. Employees are not allowed to use vacation or sick time during the introductory period.

Upon satisfactory completion of the initial introductory period, employees enter the "regular" employment classification.

After becoming regular employees, they may also be eligible for other Spelman-provided benefits, subject to the terms and conditions of each benefit program. Employees should read the information for each specific benefit program for details on eligibility requirements.

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

Policy No.  205  Effective Date:  9/1/2000