HR Reference Manual Chapter 3: Discipline & Termination

HR Reference Manual

Published: October 23, 2023

HRRM Discipline and Termination
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See accompanying model documents below.

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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 model documents with the discussion on “Discipline and Termination” in this chapter:

See Table of Contents: HR Reference Manual