Idaho Discipline laws & HR compliance analysis

Idaho Discipline: What you need to know

Progressive discipline is a disciplinary model in which the severity of the punishment increases each time an employee commits an infraction. Generally, the progressive discipline scale starts with an oral reprimand, followed by a written warning, suspension and, finally, termination. Progressive discipline procedures are most often found in collective bargaining agreements and in the public employment arena, but they are becoming increasingly prevalent in the private sector.
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There are two major problems with having a progressive discipline procedure in an at-will relationship. First, it can be time-consuming to administer the steps and generate the accompanying paperwork. Second, a progressive discipline procedure can, under certain circumstances, change an at-will employment relationship to a contractual one.
If a disciplinary procedure is promised. While Idaho courts are conservative in upholding the concept of at-will employment, employers should be extremely cautious about allowing anyone in the organization to make any promises to an employee or applicant.
Employee manuals and handbooks. In a number of cases, courts have determined that if an employer discharges an employee in violation of written handbook provisions outlining a disciplinary procedure and without a specific, and conspicuous disclaimer, the discharge may be considered a violation of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
Generally, employers can disclaim what might otherwise appear to be enforceable promises in handbooks, manuals, or similar documents. The disclaimer must, at a minimum, state in a conspicuous manner that nothing contained in the handbook, manual, or similar document is intended to be ...

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