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This is a real situation affecting someone known to me, but who wishes to remain anonymous.

Her employer's 2014 benefits policy has the following provisions:

1. Benefits always start on the first of the month.
2. New hires become eligible for health benefits following their 60th day of employment.
3. New hires become eligible for retirement benefits following their 90th day of employment.

Example:
An employee was hired on December 8, 2014.
+60 days = February 6. Health benefits begin March 1.
+90 days = March 8. Retirement benefits begin April 1.

Under the new 2015 policy, new hires become eligible for both health and retirement benefits on the first of the month following their 30th day of employment.

Example:
An employee was hired January. 1, 2015.
+ 30 days = January 31. Health and retirement benefits begin February 1.

In other words, employees hired in late 2014 become eligible for benefits AFTER employees hired in early 2015.

That struck me as patently absurd, but she spoke to her HR department, and they confirmed the above interpretation.
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