An official warning from your boss: what now?
June 10, 2021
If your employer thinks you exhibit undesirable behavior, he can give you a warning. For example, because you often arrive late, take unauthorized leave, falsely report sick or exhibit inappropriate behavior towards customers or colleagues. Such a warning is included in your personnel file, so that your employer can later demonstrate how often and what you have been warned about before. For example, when he is considering disciplinary action, such as suspension or dismissal. What can you do if you get a warning?
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Do you disagree with the warning or don't know what to do? Please contact our legal specialists. They can provide you with useful advice, help with your response and support during an objection procedure.
What if you don't agree with the warning?
In any case, it is important to respond to the official warning with a registered letter or e-mail with acknowledgment of receipt, in which you indicate that you do not agree with the warning. State clearly why you do not agree with the warning and request your employer to withdraw the warning.
Finally, it is important to ask your employer to include your response in the file. This way you avoid one-sided file construction. Several official warnings can be the preliminary stage of a suspension or the employer can use these warnings in a dismissal procedure. If you have never responded to written warnings, only your employer's side will be highlighted in the file.
A warning from your employer can stir emotions, but try to remain businesslike. For example, by keeping your objection short and to the point. Have someone read along too To help you on your way, we have a sample letter prepared for you.
Pay attention to the objection period
An objection procedure may have been set up on the basis of your collective labor agreement or company regulations. Please inquire as soon as possible after receiving the warning. There may be only a short period of time to object, so pay attention to this!
Don't sign if you don't agree
Is your employer asking to agree to an official warning? Do not sign any documents if you do not agree with the content. A solution could be to sign the written warning 'as seen, not approved'.
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