16.1 Definition. The probationary period is the initial six (6) month period of employment in a class following appointment of a nonpermanent employee. Permanent employees at the University of Washington shall not be required to complete another probationary period. Any paid or unpaid leave taken during the probationary period will extend the period for an amount of time equal to the leave. Weekends and holidays will count in the calculation of the length of probationary period extensions. By mutual agreement, the probationary period for selected classes may be established for a period in excess of six (6) months but not to exceed twelve (12) months.
Employees in probationary status will earn seniority from their initial date of hire but may not exercise seniority rights until completion of the probationary period. Probationary employees are not eligible for layoff or rehire rights.
16.2 Probationary Period Rejection. An appointing authority may reject an employee who has not completed a probationary period. Upon request by the employee, a meeting to explain such action shall be held with a representative of the Employer. At the employee's request a representative of the Union shall attend such meetings. Such rejection is not subject to Article 4 of this Agreement.