How Many Verbal Warnings Before?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about number of warnings:

How many verbal warnings do you give before you give a written warning?

Signed, Warning Giver

Dear Warning Giver:

There is no labor law prescribing a sequence of warnings or about warnings themselves. Rather they are governed by general policies. Usually there is a three step sequence: oral, written, and final warning that can result in a form of discipline such as probation with behavior change, demotion, suspension (with or without pay) or firing. A company need not adhere to a progressive discipline policy, but with the exception of very serious misbehavior, one generally follows step by step to discharge.

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