What is progressive discipline?

Author: Marta Moakley, XpertHR Legal Editor

Progressive discipline refers to the process of applying increasingly serious forms of employee discipline in order to address poor performance or misconduct.

This approach promotes consistency by providing a structured roadmap for supervisors and employees in disciplinary situations. Typically, employee discipline evolves from a verbal warning as the first step in the process to termination of employment as a last step.

With respect to progressive discipline in a unionized workplace, employees have additional labor rights than in an at-will employment relationship.