There are many differences between New Jersey employment law which applies to all employees in both the public and private sectors, and New Jersey civil service law which applies to permanent, career service government employees in civil service jurisdictions. Generally, New Jersey civil service law provides more protections to public employees in civil service jurisdictions than private sectors employees receive. But before New Jersey civil service employees can become permanent and receive all the protections of the Civil Service System, they must successfully complete a working test period.
Working Test Periods
Under New Jersey civil service law, a “working test period” (formerly called probation) is part of the civil service examination process which allows an employer to evaluate a new hired or newly promoted employee to determine whether she can satisfactorily perform her new duties. During the working test period, newly hired or promoted civil service employees perform the regular duties of a permanent employee, but cannot take a promotional test from that title. The working test period is not training. Employees must already have the qualifications for the title prior to appointment. Employees must demonstrate competence in the position.