Progressive discipline is designed to correct employee behavior so misconduct does not occur or is not repeated. It is not intended to punish. Progressive discipline begins with supervisors clearly communicating their expectations.
Reasons for Discipline
- Inadequate work performance
- Excessive absenteeism
- Policy or rule violation
Progressive Discipline Options
- Informal verbal communications
- Letter of expectation
- Oral reprimand
- Written reprimand
- Suspension or Leave Reduction
There is a difference between an informal discussion and an oral reprimand. Informal discussions are communications between an employee and a supervisor regarding performance expectations. Oral reprimands are discussions that launch the formal progressive discipline process.
All disciplinary actions require some form of investigation. Investigations identify main issues, facts/documents and witnesses (the who, what, when, where and why an event occurred). Employees are entitled to representation during investigation interviews as defined in the collective bargaining agreements. Employees may waive their right to representation by signing the Waiver form.
For truly egregious acts of misconduct – progressive discipline need not be followed. Contact Human Resources for more details.