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Cancelling an employment contract during a trial period

A trial period of up to six months may be agreed upon at the beginning of the employment relationship. The purpose of the trial period is to find out whether the employee is suitable for the work offered to them or whether the duties match the contract.

During the trial period, the employment contract can be cancelled by both parties. However, the cancellation of an employment contract on the basis of the trial period may not be based on discriminatory grounds indicated in legislation, or on grounds which are otherwise irrelevant with regard to the purpose of the trial period.

Termination based on the trial period terminates the employment contract with immediate effect. Cancellation based on the trial period cannot be used before the employment relationship begins.

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Trial period and cancellation during the trial period