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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Employee Relations by Terry L. Fitzwater

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A Few Definitions

Due Process

Due process is defined as procedural fairness. The employee must have an opportunity to present his or her side of the story. For example, due process is usually a part of the discipline procedure. The discipline procedure consists of a number of steps and reviews that precede discharge. Employees under due process are allowed to defend themselves at each step. The company must follow the rules as it has created them.

Just Cause

This phrase is associated with the process of termination for “just cause.” C. Daugherty has defined it in the arbitration process as:

•   A forewarning of the consequences for inappropriate conduct

•   Rules found to be reasonably related to the orderly, efficient, safe operation of the ...

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