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90-day probation report released

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Auckland, July 17 NZPA - An evaluation of the 90-day employment probation period has shown that 74 percent of those hired under its terms kept their jobs and continued with their employer when their probation ended.

It applies to businesses with 19 or fewer employees and the Government is going to formally announce tomorrow that it is being extended to cover all businesses.

The survey was carried out by the Department of Labour during the first year of the new law, which was brought in against union protest by the National government.

The survey report said employers were very positive about it, with 87 percent saying it was working very well.

Employees had mixed views -- some thought it was a good way to get into a job while others felt vulnerable.

During the probation period a sacked employee cannot bring a grievance case.

The Government says it allows employers to try out new workers which they would not otherwise hire.

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