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10. Probation
10.A

The probationary period shall be one year for all original and promotion appointees and employees who have been transferred at their own request or reinstated after resigning in the Professional/Administrative units, supervisory bargaining units, police and fire units, and those employees appointed to confidential positions who are not represented by the above units only because of the confidentiality of their positions. All other employees in the above categories shall have a six month probationary period. In the cases of one year probation, employees progress reports shall be submitted to the Human Resources Director at the end of the fourth and eighth month of employment, and in the case of six month probationary employees, progress reports shall be submitted at the end of the second and fourth months.

Unless the head of the department where the employee is employed at the end of their probationary period shall, during the last month of the employee's probation, certify that the services of such probationer during the probationary period were unsatisfactory, the employment of such probationer shall continue, and the probationer shall be deemed to have satisfactorily completed the probationary period. If the probationer's service has been certified as unsatisfactory by the head of the department in which the employee is employed, the employment of such probationer shall terminate at the end of the probationary period. If the probationer is entitled to veterans' preference in accordance with the Veterans' Preference Act of the State of Minnesota, they shall be entitled to a hearing as required by said Act and in accordance with Section 16 of these Rules.


10.B
Time served on probation, whether continuous or not, shall be charged to the period of probation.

10.C
If any probationer on fair test shall be found incompetent or unqualified to perform the duties of the position to which they have been certified or transferred, the appointing officer shall report such fact in writing to the Office of Human Resources and may, for reasons specifically stated in writing and filed with the Office of Human Resources, discharge, reduce, or in the case of the transferee, return to their former position said probationer at any time during the probationary period; except that if the probationer is entitled to veterans' preference in accordance with the Veterans' Preference Act of the State of Minnesota, they shall be entitled to a hearing as required by said Act and in accordance with Section 16 of these Rules.

10.D
If a promotional or a transferee probationer is found unsatisfactory because they are incompetent or unqualified to perform the duties of the position to which they had been certified or transferred, they shall be reinstated to their former position or to a position to which they might have been transferred prior to such promotion; except that if the probationer is entitled to veterans' preference in accordance with the Veterans' Preference Act of the State of Minnesota, they shall be entitled to a hearing as required by said Act and in accordance with Section 16 of these Rules.

10.E

If a former probationary employee was found to be incompetent or unqualified as set forth in 10.C of these Rules, they may petition the Director of the Office of Human Resources for reinstatement to the eligible list from which they were certified if the list has not expired. The Human Resources Director may grant or deny such petition at his or her discretion. If the former probationary employee was separated because of fault or delinquency on their part, they may not be reinstated to the eligible list for one year following their separation of probation. If reinstatement is granted, the former probationer will be placed on the eligible list in the order of their original examination score.

 

This rule 10.E shall not apply to promotional eligible lists. In the case where a former probationer was hired from a promotional eligible list, and if an original entrance list exists and has not expired, the former probationary employee may petition to be placed on the original entrance list that was established from the examination that created the promotional eligible list from which they were hired. If reinstatement to the original entrance list is granted for the promotional employee, the former probationer will be placed on the eligible list in the order of their original examination score.

 

Notwithstanding 10.B as set forth in these Rules, if re-hired under either of the above provisions, the employee’s probationary period and seniority date will begin upon commencement of their new date of hire.


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