Lisa Colangelo of the New York Daily News recently wrote about the issue of provisional workers in New York City. Over two years ago, the city was ordered to reduce the number of provisional employees in the workforce. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services has developed a five-year plan to reorganize civil service titles and give additional exams. Provisional employees are hired when the city needs to fill a position but lacks a list of candidates who have passed the exam for that position. These employees should then be subjected to a test for their job within nine months of being hired but this does not always happen. Sometimes when individuals take the test, they are not able to pass and lose their provisional job. The city is working on improving this process and holding the exams in a more timely fashion.
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