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Employee Relations

When an employee's conduct is unacceptable, corrective measures called adverse actions may be appropriate. Examples of unacceptable conduct include leave abuse, failure to follow supervisory instructions, violation of the Standards of Conduct, etc. When a manager takes corrective measures for a conduct problem they will normally pursue what is called a progressive course of action. A progressive course of action begins with a relatively minor action such as an oral warning, but can go so far as to remove the employee from Federal service.

Progressive actions ensure that the employee is given adequate notice of the problem, identify what the employee must do to rectify it, and state the consequences if he/she does not correct or cease the inappropriate conduct.

Progressive actions are as follows:

  1. Oral counseling or warning
  2. Written warning or notice
  3. Written official reprimand
  4. Suspension of 14 days or less
  5. Suspension of 15 days or more
  6. Reduction in grade or pay
  7. Removal of the employee from Federal service
Before a manager takes any type of adverse action, they should consult with their Employee Relations Specialist located in their HR office. Specific Information on the programs can be found at:

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For questions or concerns, please contact Rebekah Giddings at 703-358-2117.