Probation Period in a German Work Contract

How long is the probation period in Germany and what does it mean for the employer and the employee?

The probation period is regulated by law in Germany and can last for a maximum of six months. During this period the employee can finish the contract within two weeks.

If the employer wishes, he can shorten this period. This happens for example when someone has worked before for the company, or if the employer wants to offer better contractual conditions to the employee.

This regulation can be read in German here (point 3).

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