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I live and work in Ohio and used to manage for a company but have since changed companies. My question involves labor laws

Circleville, OH |

It was brought to my attention yesterday that our local H.R. rep is going back over the past 3 month period and assessing corrective and disciplinary action for issues such as attendance. When I managed, all such actions had to be issued within a timely manner, usually no later than 48 hours after the offense or incident. Is there any state or federal labor laws that govern this, or is it left to the companies discretion? I am not affected by this personally but I expect that companies follow all laws and statutes that apply.

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  1. Matters of attendance are largely at the discretion of the employer. I'd check with a local employment attorney to be certain.

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  2. I don't know of any law that governs when an employer has to issue write-ups for anything. It is usually left to the employers discretion.


  3. Your question states that HR is "assessing" action, which I interpret to mean they are reviewing action taken (or should have been taken) over the prior months. Did you mean to say they are issuing corrective/disciplinary action for any infractions up to three months in the past? If so, that would not be illegal under state or federal law, but I personally would question the wisdom of doing something like this. While there is no 48 hour rule, discipline should be timely to be meaningful and effective. It is possible HR is just be doing a review and seeing what has slipped through, possibly to tighten the reins going forward.

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