What Is The Timeline On a Write-Up?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about time between wrong and write up:

How long does an employer have to write you up and you sign the paper after an incident for it to be valid?

Signed, Wondering

Dear Wondering:

There are no regulations about employer actions regarding write-ups, unless you are part of a union with a contract that has details about such things. The nature of the action and the follow-up requirements might have a lot to do with the timeline. For example, something happened on November 10th but the employer just found out about it. Or, something happened on November 10th and the employer needed to investigate it further. It may be there is no good reason for the delay except that the supervisor wasn’t sure what he or she wanted to do. On  the other hand, it could be that an employer didn’t do anything about the November 10th event but when it happened again in February he or she took action for the November happening as well. or, there are a lot of plausible reasons, just as it is possible there was NO reason and your boss just procrastinated.

The key factor here is what you will do next. If you like your job and want to stay, you may want to find a way to simply deal with this mentally and move on, trying to build something positive anyway. If you don’t like the job and find things like this to be unfair, you may want to look where there is better management and supervision.I hope things work out with this and that you can keep going and let this just be part history but not something that ruins the present. Best wishes to you!

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina Lewis Rowe

Tina had a thirty-three year career in law enforcement, serving with the Denver Police Department from 1969-1994 and was the Presidential United States Marshal for Colorado from 1994-2002. She provides training to law enforcement organizations and private sector groups and does conference presentations related to leadership, workplace communications and customized topics. Her style is inspirational with humor.