(A) The probationary period for all classified employees in the state agencies, boards, and commissions hired on or after July 1, 2007 shall be one hundred eighty calendar days for all positions assigned to a pay range in schedule E-1 of division (A) of section 124.152 of the Revised Code. Classified employees of the state agencies. boards, and commissions hired before July 1, 2007 into positions assigned to a pay range in schedule E-1 of division (A) of section 124.152 of the Revised Code shall serve the probationary period for the position that existed at the time the employee was hired into the position.
(B) Any positions not assigned to a classification salary base shall use the starting point for the position in lieu thereof for probationary period determination.
(C) Longer probationary periods, not in excess of one year, may be authorized by the director for specific job classifications, upon request of the appointing authorities concerned, and upon the submission of proper documentation as required by the director.
(D) Time spent in no-pay status shall not be counted as part of the probationary period. Probationary periods shall be extended by an equal number of days the employee spent in no-pay status.
(E) An appointing authority may, with the consent of the employee and approval of the director, extend an employee's probationary period for up to sixty days to allow additional time to review the employee's performance. A second extension, not to exceed sixty days, may be requested by the appointing authority with the consent of the employee and the approval of the director to allow additional time to review the employee's performance. Any probationary period extension shall only be granted if an employee consents to the extension prior to the end of the employee's normal probationary period or the end of the first extension, as applicable. In no event shall the time period covered by the probationary period and any extensions exceed a total of one year in length.