If you've ever hired the wrong recruit for your business, you may have relied on the 90-day trial period as grounds for dismissal.

Perhaps an employee miscalculated measurements, stalled on sales, or took too long to complete tasks. An employee who fails to improve can be dismissed within the first 90 days and cannot raise personal grievances or other legal proceedings relating to the dismissal.

Until recently, any New Zealand employer could agree to the 90-day trial period to assess the suitability of new staff.


Recent law changes have restricted 90-day trial periods to small-to-medium businesses.

From 6 May

Recruit wisely

Pre-work trials


Probationary periods