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Progressive Discipline and Its Legal Considerations

Documenting poor performance and progressive discipline is as much an art as it is a science. Unfortunately, most human resources professionals and line managers don’t have the time to study the nuances of progressive discipline, workplace due process, summary dismissal, discharge for cause, and the like. Even when that theory is mastered, however, there remains the challenge of incorporating all those ideas into a written memo that adequately documents subpar job performance or workplace conduct.

So it’s not surprising that many managers avoid writing up employees like the plague. And without a template to follow and samples to emulate, it’s also no wonder that many managers create memos ...

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