2019-2020 Employee Handbook

Observation Period for Full-Time Employees

Career service and professional employees serve an observation period of 90 calendar days during which their skills, qualifications and performance on the job are closely evaluated. The observation period is intended to give new career service and professional employees the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to achieve a satisfactory level of performance and to determine whether the new position meets their expectations. The college uses this period to evaluate employee capabilities, work habits and overall performance. Either the employee or the college may end the employment relationship at will at any time during the observation period, with or without cause. (Board Policy 6.06 - Observation Period for Career Service and Professional Employees).

Employees who are promoted or transferred within CF must complete a new observation period of the same length with each reassignment to a pay grade or position in which the employee has not previously served.

During observation periods, employees are permitted to receive benefits, including insurance. Employees on 90-day observation accrue vacation leave; however, this leave is not available for use until the 90-day observation has been successfully completed, except for emergency circumstances approved by the president. Earned sick leave may be used during the observation period when required because of illness.

As circumstances warrant, the observation period may be extended at the discretion of the supervisor.

Performance evaluations of all employees are done annually and are discussed in the section titled Performance Review.