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The need for clear warning before dismissal

I have often discussed the need for warnings in the context of summary dismissal. While some situations will justify dismissal based upon a single incident, in many cases our courts and arbitrators will require progressive discipline. Whatever the steps may be, it is critical that the messaging to the subject employee be clear: the conduct or behavior is unacceptable, and further instances will lead to discipline, which can include termination for cause.

 

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Arbitrator upholds termination for excessive absenteeism

A recent arbitration decision upheld the termination of an employee for excessive but innocent absenteeism.

 

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