Can HR email all of the company managers about all the staff’s discipline actions?

The company is letting all the managers know the follow ups are due. I thought any discipline or HR issues should only go up to that employee’s chain of management.

Rita Risser Chai replies:

This is legal and may even be a good practice. Companies should treat employees consistently in giving discipline. Although, legally, only decision-makers have to be consistent with their employees, the more consistency there is within the organization, the better employee morale will be. Of course, the managers should be cautioned to keep the information confidential and not reveal it to anyone else.

Posted 09-11-2018

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About the Author:

Rita M. Risser Chai is the founder of Fair Measures. An attorney in California for 20 years and now an attorney in Hawaii, she authored the Prentice Hall book, Stay Out of Court! The Manager’s Guide to Preventing Employee Lawsuits. She developed most of the curriculum used by Fair Measures, created the firm’s first website praised in HR Magazine, and wrote numerous articles on employment law including one on best practice harassment prevention training published in the magazine of the American Society for Training and Development (now ATD). She taught Law and Human Resources at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for eight years, and has presented four times at the annual conventions of the Hawaii Society of Human Resource Management.