Civil Service Fact Sheet #3
Provisional Status

FAQS

Q:             What is Provisional status?
A:
             Appointments made to a competitive class title when there is no appropriate eligible list for that title.

Q:             What is the difference between a step-up provisional employee and a pure provisional employee?

A:
             A step up provisional employee has permanent status in a lower title (that promotes to their provisional title).  A pure provisional employee has no permanent status (or may have permanent status in a tile that does not promote to their provisional title).

Q:             As a provisional employee what are my rights in the absence of a civil service list for my title?

A:
             A provisional employee with two years of service has contractual rights to due process.

Q:
             As a provisional employee what are my rights when there is a civil service list for my title?
A:
             If the employee is a step-up provisional they would be returned to their permanent title.  If the employee is a pure provisional they would be terminated.

Q:             Does a provisional employee have seniority rights with respect to termination?

A:
             There are no seniority rights for provisionals with respect to termination.

Q:             As a step-up provisional on leave from a lower permanent civil service title are you guaranteed the right to return to the permanent title?

A:
             Yes.

Q:             As a provisional employee what can I do to help ensure keeping my job?

A:
             Take and pass a civil service examination.  A pure provisional should take any appropriate civil service examination to get permanent status (especially in a lower title that promotes to their provisional title).

Q:             Can a provisional employee supervise a permanent employee?

A:
             Yes

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