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If an employee received a level 3 warning a few years ago and is now under a new investigation but for the same reason they received the level 3 warning is it taken into consideration?

(5 Posts)
InTheRedCorner Thu 29-Aug-13 22:11:50

I'm just curious really. For example if someone is investigated and then given a final waring (after many shop floor warnings) for inappropriate email use will this be taken into consideration if 4 years later they go and do the same thing and a new investigatory meeting is under way?

I understand that the warning sits on file for 12 months and can in that time be used as a reason for dismissal but does the slate get wiped clean after the 12 months ie it can't be mentioned during the new investigation.

Thank you in advance.

InTheRedCorner Thu 29-Aug-13 22:51:10


murasaki Thu 29-Aug-13 23:50:25

I thought it got wiped off your file, so there would have to be someone still there with a long memory, but even so, not sure they could bring it up.

Could be wrong though.

InTheRedCorner Fri 30-Aug-13 09:20:53

Thank you for the reply.

BerylStreep Wed 04-Sep-13 19:55:05

I think it depends on policy.

In my place, disciplinary sanctions are expunged after 3 years free of sanction - i.e. completely removed from file.

However, we are in the process of changing our policy, so that there is a 'validity period' for a sanction - for example, the fact it is on file will impact on promotion eligibility, or escalation should there be a further incident. Beyond the validity period, it will be retained on file, but won't impact on promotion etc.

It could still have the potential to be taken into consideration in any future disciplinary if it was relevant - for example, exactly the same type of behaviour, even if it is out of the validity period.

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