We are a small business in Ohio. We have a manager who has several employees in his department come in late at least once or twice a week. The disciplining action the manager takes is making his employees purchase donuts, cookies, etc as punishment for being late. Is this OK to ask an employee to use their own money as discipline?
The manager should stop this practice immediately. What needs to occur is that your company should set up a progressive discipline program and implement it across your entire company.
You can use this program for late and tardiness, poor performance, violations, excessive absences etc.
For example (document every incident):
· Verbal warning after 2 times of 15 minute late. (you still need to document in the file)
· First written warning after 2 additional 15 minute late.
· Second written warning after 2 additional 15 minutes late, this includes a 2 day suspension without pay (hourly and non-exempt).
· Third and final warning after 2 additional 15 minutes late, this is termination of employment.
Your first step is writing the policy. Second is speaking to your managers so they enforce the policy. And the third is to implement the policy across the company.
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