Who Is Supposed To Give Final Warning?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about final warning:

Is it the management’s job to give the final written warning on a disciplinary action? I have been told it’s the law and that a supervisor/cell leader doesn’t do it.

Signed, Wondering

Dear Wondering:

I think you may be writing from the U.K. You should check with HR in your company to see if there are internal requirements or union requirements about how disciplinary cases are handled. There is no law there or here in the U.S. that requires a specific rank or position to give an employee a written personnel action. In most organizations in the United States a supervisor or direct manager is the one who talks to an employee about discipline and “serves” papers about it. The argument is that they are the closest to the employee and they should be an integral part of each employment action. (They also would give the employee commendations or positive actions.)

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