How To Properly Discipline An Employee

Avoid wrongful discharge and discrimination charges

The decision to discipline an employee is rarely an easy one and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Generally, the repercussions go beyond just the employee. As your business partner, Two Rivers Insurance Services will equip you with the tools necessary to make sound, legal decisions for your company so you can avoid wrongful discharge and discrimination charges

Work rules are not meant to limit an employee’s rights, they’re put in place to not only regulate on the job standards and conditions, but regulate the personal conduct of employees so they can effectively perform their jobs.

Failing to comply with a company’s set of rules can warrant sufficient grounds for disciplinary action ranging from reprimand to immediate discharge. This includes violation of any of the following:

  • Work performance
  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Use of property
  • Personal actions and appearances
  • Outside actions and appearances

Employers should anticipate and prepare for the possibility of litigation in all scenarios. Juries expect documentation, so employers should take it upon themselves to execute the following:

  • Demonstrate performance issues in written form
  • Frequently provide employees honest feedback including direction on areas of improvement

For more information and tools to help your company make sound, legal decisions check out our latest blog post on How To Properly Drug Test An Employee.

*This information is for general informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice.