9.1 After successful completion of an initial, one-year probationary period, the incumbent shall be a Merit employee. Upon the Director's approval, probationary periods may be extended.

9.2 Employees may be dismissed at any time during the initial probationary period. Except where a violation of Chapter 2 is alleged, probationary employees may not appeal the decision.

9.3 Employees in the initial probationary period who move into another classified position must satisfactorily complete the probationary period for the new class but shall become Merit employees at satisfactory completion of probation, for the new class or two years of Merit service, whichever occurs first.

9.4 Merit employees serving a probationary period after promotion who fail to satisfactorily complete the probationary period, may be placed by agencies internally without loss of benefits or agencies may notify the Director who shall decide the matter. If available, the employee may be returned to his/her former position and salary without any loss of benefits.

9.5 Upon reinstatement, employees who left the Merit System shall be required to serve an initial probation period.