In the case of a serious, non-performance-related offense, you may choose to immediately terminate the employee, that is, terminate without going through the disciplinary process. Actions that merit such severe consideration, even on a first-time basis, include the following:

•   Fighting/Violence

•   Theft

•   Deliberate destruction of company property

•   Sexual harassment

•   Use or sale of drugs on company property

•   Falsification of company documents

•   Bringing weapons on company property

It is a good idea to have a policy in place that details the consequences of such actions. Include the policy in the employee handbook, where all employees can review it. You might even post it on all ...

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