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  • NV law re disciplining employees? Nevada

    Greetings, all.

    I have 2 questions about Nevada labor law, specifically regarding proper discipline of employees who misbehave. They are:
    1. In issuing write-ups, is an employer required to issue more than one before issuing a "final" write-up? (final write-up = "one more incident & you're fired")
    2. Isn't a disciplinary action supposed to be done at the time of the incident or as soon as possible after? Is it legal to discipline an employee six days after the incident occurred?

    I appreciate any solid guidance on this. Thank you.


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    There are no laws in any state that dictate to an employer how they may and may not discipline an employee. So the answers to your questions are:

    1.) It's entirely up to the employer and also the situation. Some situations might warrant an initial warning first while others might warrant going straight to final warning (or even going straight to termination with no warnings at all). You wouldn't necessarily handle excessive tardies the same way you would someone punching out their supervisor.

    2.) It is preferred, but not mandatory, that it be done as soon as possible afterwards, but depending on the situation that might be several days or even longer after the fact. Yes, it is legal to discipline an employee six days after the fact. It is also legal to discipline an employee six weeks after the fact. I can even think of circumstances where it might not be inappropriate to discipline an employee six months after the fact, and yes, that would be legal too.

    Caveat: All of the above assumes that there is no binding contract or CBA in place that specifies otherwise.
    Last edited by cbg; 11-13-2007, 04:06 AM.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


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