Verbal Warnings

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about time of verbal warning and incident:

Do verbal warnings need to take place within a certain amount of time from when the latest occurrence happened? (State of Ca.)

Signed,

Wary of Warnings

Dear Wary of Warnings:

I don’t think there is a general rule about this sort of thing. Possibly your State Labor Department could answer this question. I think warnings, verbal or written, should be deleted if after a year there would be no additional cause for them. It is generally allowed that those who are given written warnings may submit a refutation or apology that could be included in their files. Each organization has its own personnel policies and practices that fulfill or go beyond the law. Wouldn’t it be smart to consult your Human Resources and/or personnel department?

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