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Chronic latenessEmployers expect employees to get to work on time. Occasional problems with traffic or family issues sometimes make employees late. But chronic tardiness is another thing altogether.

While most employers track tardiness occurrences, they should do more. How? By issuing a consistent series of oral and written warnings (see below) and documenting each admonishment. Then follow up to see if the behavior improves.

Often it does improve, temporarily. Then it’s back to the same old problem—late arrivals and all the disruption that follows.

Your documentation will be worth its weight in gold if you fire the employee and he or she sues for some kind of discrimination. If you can show you let the employee know about your concerns and the consequences, she would have a hard time winning her case. 

Recent case: Allison Jeffrey was often late for work. Her bosses warned her repeatedly and kept good notes on those rebukes. After each w...(register to read more)

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xxxlovers2015 August 13, 2018 at 1:52 pm

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Shelly A Tuma-Douglass October 27, 2017 at 9:14 am

I understand that being punctual is very important and some management are real sticklers to being punctual; however, I am so glad that some companies have the time and the money to spend tracking every tedious habitually late employee, that must be very time consuming. I bet management is losing more money doing the tracking than the late employee is so called causing the company. Now I am not referring to a mandatory meeting or something that is going to impact company revenue or the such but some managers make it a practice to pick a part only a certain few employees that they want to pick at for being late or absent or whatever. If your going to do it to one employee do it to all but I see this article is about legalities of a company and how not to get sued when they know they are doing wrong.


Perry H. Gambrell October 27, 2017 at 8:25 am

Depending on the circumstances, late arrival to work is acceptable.


Lisa Parker July 23, 2013 at 9:18 am



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