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.