Because of the progressively corrective nature of disciplinary action, the sanction applied should also be progressive in nature.
Depending on the severity of the offence and the circumstances under which it as committed, the sanction can range from a verbal warning through to a written warning, a final written warning and dismissal.
Warnings do not necessarily have to follow the order of verbal – written – final written – dismissal, unless the employer has made provision for this procedure in his Disciplinary Code.
Thus, if the employer's Code states that for a first offence of misconduct a verbal warning must be given and for the second offence of a similar nature a written warning must be given, then for the third offence a final written warning then on the fourth offence dismissal, then the employer is generally bound to follow his own procedure.
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