Does the following information mean a prior offense of the same type is required for a final warning


Final Written Warning.

The purpose of this step is to correct an additional or serious performance/disciplinary problem or because a performance or disciplinary issue has become more serious and has not been resolved by verbal discussion or first written warning.

I'm guessing this poorly written sentence is from an employee handbook. While it might not be a great idea to tell the HR department that they should rewrite the sentence, it certainly does lack some clarity. Perhaps you could ask the person to clarify the rule.

Patty TJul 30 '14 at 05:58

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Hi Daniel,

The sentence states that a final warning will be given when 1) a previous infraction has not been resolved; 2) if the issue is serious enough to given a final warning without having a previous incident; or 3) the employee has had a written warning for a different issue. Therefore, a Final Written Warning *can* be given to someone who has not had a previous warning of any kind (see #2 above) if the situation is serious enough to warrant such a notice.

I hope this helps.


link comment answered Aug 02 '14 at 20:35 Karen OKeefe Contributor

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