Should I give my employee a copy of her written warning?

Posted  02-17-2014

Ann Kiernan replies:

Yes, that is the best practice. Giving the employee a copy is one way of making sure she takes the problems seriously. I could find no law in your state, Missouri, on the subject, but I do know that some states, such as Massachusetts, require that you give employees copies of warnings, and others, such as California, mandate giving employees copies of any documents that they have signed.

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About the Author:

Ann Kiernan has litigated claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination before state and federal courts and administrative matters before the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, representing both employers and employees. Ms. Kiernan co-hosted The Employee Rights Forum, a weekly radio call-in show reaching up to a half-million listeners in the New York metropolitan area, and her articles on employment law have been published in many books and magazines. Both as a firm partner and as a director, Ms. Kiernan gained solid experience in management and human resources compliance. She has worked with Fair Measures since 1997.