The new maximum probationary period durations

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Since September 9th, 2023, collective bargaining agreements (CBA) providing a longer duration than the legal maximum probationary period durations no longer apply.

As of this date, the maximum probationary period durations applicable to employees hired under an indefinite-term contract are as follow:

Employee’s professional category Maximum duration of the initial probationary period Maximum duration of the probationary period including renewal
Workers – Employees (ouvriers, employés) 2 months 4 months
Foremen – Technicians (agents de maîtrise, techniciens) 3 months 6 months
Executives (cadres) 4 months 8 months

The applicable CBA or the employment contract may provide for shorter probationary  period durations, which will prevail over those indicated above.

Finally, we remind you that a probationary period can only be validly renewed under strict conditions:

  1. The possibility to renew must be provided for in the applicable CBA.
  2. The possibility to renew must be stipulated in the employee’s contract of employment.
  3. The employee’s express and unequivocal agreement is required for the renewal (i.e. by writing or email). 

Should you have any questions, or should you need assistance in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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