(a) The working test period shall not include any time served by an employee under provisional, temporary, interim or emergency appointment. The working test period shall begin on the date of regular appointment. See N.J.A.C. 4A:1-1.3 for definition of regular appointment.
(b) The length of the working test period, except as provided in (c) through (e) below, shall be as follows:
1. In local service, a period of three months of active service, which may not be extended.
2. In State service, a period of four months of active service, which the Commissioner may extend on request of an appointing authority for an additional two months. Such request should be submitted to the Department of Personnel at least five working days before the end of the four-month period. The appointing authority shall notify the employee of the extension in writing on or before the last day of the four-month period.
i. Regularly appointed employees serving in intermittent titles shall serve a working test period of 88 workdays, which, upon the request of the appointing authority, may be extended by the Commissioner for an additional 44 workdays. For purposes of this subsection, any part of a day shall constitute a workday.
ii. An employee serving in an intermittent title who is furloughed prior to completing the working test period, shall resume the working test period upon return from furlough.
(c) When notice of termination is served following the last day of the working test period pursuant to N.J.A.C. 4A:2-4.1(c), the working test period shall end on the date of service of the notice.
(d) Persons appointed to entry-level law enforcement, correction officer, juvenile detention officer and firefighter titles shall serve a 12-month working test period. A law enforcement title is one that encompasses use of full police powers, but shall not include the local service competitive title of Police Assistant. See N.J.A.C. 4A:3-3.7A. Persons appointed in local service to the competitive title of Police Assistant shall serve a three-month working test period.
1. In local service, law enforcement officers who are required by N.J.S.A. 52:17B-66 et seq. (Police Training Act) to complete a police training course shall not begin their working test period until notification is received by the appointing authority from the Police Training Commission of the successful completion of the police training course. However, major disciplinary procedures applicable to employees serving in a working test period (see N.J.A.C. 4A:2-2) shall also be applicable to such officers from the date of appointment until completion of police training. Upon successful completion of the working test period, the date of appointment from the eligible list shall be recorded as the date of regular appointment.
i. Law enforcement officers who have successfully completed the police training course prior to appointment shall begin their working test period on the date of regular appointment.
2. Appeals from failure to successfully complete the police training course shall be in accordance with procedures established by the Police Training Commission. See N.J.A.C. 13:1-9.
(e) An approved leave of absence including a furlough extension leave or a voluntary furlough shall extend the completion of the working test period for a period of time equal to that leave or voluntary furlough.
1. When a paid leave of absence is granted to a correction officer or juvenile detention officer for the purpose of training required by N.J.S.A. 52:17B-68.1, such leave shall not extend the length of the working test period unless the course in which the appointee is enrolled is scheduled to end after the one-year period. Regarding appointments to the title of Correction Officer Apprentice, see N.J.A.C. 4A:3-3.7B.