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    I apologize if this question has already been asked/covered.

    I run my own medical practice in California and hired a new employee that included a 90-day Probationary Period. However, this employee's work performance is excruciatingly poor, as this individual has made numerous mistakes.

    Is there anything that protects employees under a Probationary Period from termination? The answer seems obvious but I want to be sure no issues arise, I just want a clean termination to occur.

    Thanks!

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    No, you can terminate an employee during the probationary period. (unless
    you would have a binding employment contract to the contrary)

    In at will employment you can be terminated at any time for any reason
    except a reason prohibited by law (example age, religion, gender...).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At-will
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    Fantastic. Thanks for the speedy reply, much appreciated!

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    You're welcome.
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    Poor performance is always a valid reason to terminate. It isn't what youasked but you may want to rethink implying that the 90 days probationary period is somehow the only time an employee can be fired. Read up on "employment at will" and make sure it is clear to your emlployees that you adhere to this doctrine. It isn't so much that you intend to fire people on a whim, but that you may need to do so at times other than the probationary period or for reasons for which you do not have a specific policy. You do not want to imply that their employment is "permanent" or they can only be let go at certain times or for certain reasons.
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