Employment - First Written Warning

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First Written Warning

An employer must provide an employee with this written warning when the employee:

  • has persisted with misconduct despite having already received a verbal warning; or
  • has persisted with the same misconduct he or she received the verbal warning for; or
  • has repeated other forms of misconduct; or
  • the employee’s offence is serious enough to warrant disciplinary action stricter than a verbal warning.

This written warning should only be issued once the employee has been afforded an opportunity to present his or her case in answer to the charges against him or her. Therefore, before providing an employee with this written warning, we suggest that the employee is given a Notice of a Disciplinary Hearing.

Written warnings will remain valid for 3 to 6 months.

Tip: We suggest that you keep a record of each written warning in an employees HR folder.