What are the laws behind a company offering people in the same department/position benefits at far different time spans?

I work for a growing company that brought in many new employees, me included. People were told after 90-days we would be offered a permanent position that comes with benefits. For older employees as well as the new, the company constantly has people “on-hold” and has had meeting stating “They’re trying” to get people converted. Or they find reasons to “extend” people’s probation. The truth is they always have done this and have some hired after 90-days,180-days, others have had to wait 2 and 3 years.

Asked on June 28, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, California


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, if benefits are given to employees by an employer, all employees must be offered the same benefits once the probationary period ends per the assumed employer employee hand book.

Sometimes with respect to a 401 k retirement plan that due to the type of plan it is the time period for an employee to receive such benefit may be delayed.

I suggest that you may wish to consult with an attorney that practices in the area of employment law to obtain further assistance with respect to your question.

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