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How long do written warnings stay in your file and can they be used as 'back up' even though they are years old?

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I got a written warning recently for getting to work late. The last time I was disciplined for this was several YEARS ago and since then it hasnt been a problem. During this written warning he brought up my write up from SEVERAL YEARS before. Isn't there a certain amount of time that a write up can no longer be used against you?

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Yes. Once you have nothing to do with the company. Until then, your personnel file contains everything from the start of your employment until the end. If you have been there 20 years and were late 19 years ago it should be in the file. Of course, awards you received and great recommendations are in there also.

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