When and how do you give an employee a warning?

A warning is a sanction related to Employment Law, whereby the employee is warned about the consequences for the employment if a specific conduct is not rectified. Such consequences may be either dismissal or summary dismissal.

A warning must be drawn up in such a way that there is no doubt about what the employee must improve, and the consequences of non-compliance must be stated. As an employer, you must therefore be very careful about the drafting of a warning.


In our experience, employers are often very reluctant to give warnings, but in many situations, a previous warning is required if you wish to dismiss the employee at a later stage. In many cases, the courts of law may order an employer to pay compensation to the employee simply because a previous warning justified by the employer’s conduct was not given prior to the dismissal.


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