Employers making dismissal decisions would be best served with employment contracts that grant flexibility in these circumstances with a properly drafted layoff clause. Why? Because the current pandemic has proven that we are not always as prepared as we think we are and must always be prepared for the unexpected.
Progressive discipline uses a progression of consequences that gradually increase in severity to deal with the employee’s continued failure to meet expectations. While progressive discipline signifies that the employer takes these issues seriously, it also demonstrates a fairness with the use of proportionality, where the conduct is weighed against severity. It also allows the employee the opportunity to understand their shortcomings along with repeated multiple opportunities to correct their behaviour.