HR Reference Manual Chapter 3: Discipline & Termination

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Published: January 24, 2019

Discipline and Termination
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This chapter provides general information on this topic. It is not a substitute for legal guidance. Any models should be customized with the help of the city’s attorney, as needed.

Understand the laws, practices and policies a city should consider at the end of an employment relationship through resignation, retirement or involuntary discharge.

Outlines steps such as exit interviews, final paycheck procedures, continuation of benefit requirements (COBRA). Has guidance for unusual situations such as employee death.

Discusses use performance investigations, progressive discipline and due process procedures like written and verbal warnings or reprimands to demotion, suspension or employee termination. Notes special procedures for  peace officers (PODPA) and veterans (just cause). Considerations in layoffs, bumping rights and hiring freezes. Use of warnings such as Tennessen and Garrity notices.

Use these items with the discussion in this chapter: