How common is it that a company has a probation period of 90 days before an employee can enroll in health benefits? I will be working for a startup.
Is this a generally accepted principle depending on the state or is this a red flag?
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In larger companies (200+ employees) in the US or Canada, this is usually a sign of a poorly run company. If it's less than 30, this might be acceptable. Keep in mind, if it's that small a company, it may have certain other "quirks" and exceptions to normal expectations of employment law in place as well. In the US, for example, companies with fewer than 50 employees aren't required to offer maternity leave at all, etc.
Only go this route if:
As for startups? Well, I've interviewed with 20 man operations that had (minimal) health care benefits kick in on day 1.