Documenting Discipline (Update Available)

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Disciplinary action in the workplace is a delicate matter. A serious conflict between manager and worker can give rise to a lengthy grievance procedure, or, at worst, legal action. Detailed disciplinary documents are the best defense when a manager's actions are called into question. Without these documents there may be no record of a worker's repeated infractions or failure to satisfy job requirements. There may also be no evidence of a manager's attempt to deal with the worker in a fair and constructive manner. This course explains how documentation can make all the difference, and examines the potential fallout from failure to document. It also suggests steps for progressive documentation and explains what and how to document. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor and Employment Practice Group of the law firm of Burr & Forman LLP. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.

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Anyone in a management capacity who may have disciplinary responsibilities

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Disciplinary Documentation

  • recognize the value of understanding the documentation process in progressive discipline.
  • associate goals of documenting disciplinary procedure with examples.
  • associate preliminary questions with mitigating factors before documenting disciplinary steps.
  • apply questions in given scenarios to determine whether to document acts, events, or performance issues as disciplinary matters.
  • match examples of ramifications of inadequate documentation with examples of inadequate documentation.
  • Procedures for Documenting Disciplinary Action

  • recognize the value of established procedures for progressive discipline in an organization.
  • sequence examples of progressive disciplinary actions.
  • apply the appropriate steps for progressive discipline.
  • select appropriate documentation of disciplinary action.
  • apply appropriate steps to document progressive disciplinary action given a hypothetical situation.
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