[CC 1996 §130.230; Ord. No. 1030 §1, 12-8-1997]
The probationary period shall be an integral part of the selection process and shall be utilized by the department head and other supervisory staff as an opportunity to observe the new employee's work performance, for securing the most effective adjustment of a newly promoted or demoted employee to his/her new position and for determining whether to terminate any employee whose work performance fails to meet required work standards.
[CC 1996 §130.240; Ord. No. 1030 §1, 12-8-1997; Ord. No. 1041 §II, 4-6-1998; Ord. No. 1073 §II, 1-15-1999; Ord. No. 1502 §§I — II, 1-9-2006]
All original and promotional appointments shall be tentative and are subject to a probationary period of ninety (90) days. For Police Officers the said probationary period shall be one (1) year and may be extended for an additional period of up to ninety (90) days no later than thirty (30) days prior to the end of the initial one (1) year probation, said extension to commence at the end of the one (1) year probation.
[CC 1996 §130.250; Ord. No. 1030 §1, 12-8-1997]
New Employees. At any time during the probationary period, the appointing authority may terminate an employee if such employee does not satisfactorily perform the duties of the position. An employee removed during the probationary period is not entitled to a hearing unless the reason for removal involves a liberty interest. A new employee who does not successfully complete the probationary period and is terminated during probation shall not be entitled to receive compensation for any benefits accumulated during probation.
Promoted Employees. At any time during the probationary period, the appointing authority may terminate a promoted employee if such employee does not satisfactorily perform the duties of the position. The City also retains the right, but does not guarantee, to return the promoted employee to his/her previous position if the position is still vacant or if another position in a different classification within the department is vacant.
[CC 1996 §130.260; Ord. No. 1030 §1, 12-8-1997; Ord. No. 1073 §III, 1-15-1999]
Probationary employees do not receive benefits during their probationary period, except that they do receive paid holidays and are covered under Workers' Compensation during their probationary period. Insurance coverage, sick leave eligibility, participation benefits in the pension plan or any other time off or paid leave do not begin until the six (6) month probationary period is satisfactorily completed. However, credit for vacation and sick leave time is earned during the first six (6) months and can be taken at a later date. Applicable benefits for all employees, including Police Officers, shall begin after an original period of ninety (90) days service with the City, however, it is understood that LAGERS State benefits do not begin until six (6) months from the original date of service.