The trial period is the time in which both the company and the employee are getting familiar with one another and are adjusting to their new work relationship.
The company needs to see if they have the right person for the job. The new employee needs to be assured that the work conditions are acceptable.
When the situation arises where either the employer or employee is not satisfied, their relationship can be broken unilaterally, without having to explain or justify the reason and without giving notice or pay any compensation.
This period can be agreed but cannot exceed the maximum stated in the law.
- For graduated workers: 6 months.
- For the rest: 3 months.
- For workers with temporary contract of less than 6 months: 1 month
However, “Indefinite contracts in support of entrepreneurs” includes a trial period of one year.
The trial period is not always present in every contract. If the worker has been part of the company before there is no trial period.
If the employee leaves voluntarily during the trial period
In this case, he does not have to give notice. He might not like the job or has found something better. The worker is still owed whatever time is has worked and the termination paperwork.
He would not be entitled to receive unemployment payment.
If the company decides that the test has not been passed
The company will notify in writing. No time in advance is mandatory.
The worker would be owned wages and holiday days that have not been used. No redundancy payment is applicable.