While zero-tolerance rules may be appropriate, Applied Devices has mishanded Simon`s termination. Shirlee monitored the time spent online and found out with whom he was exchanging emails, but she didn`t give him the opportunity to tell his story page. AmSouth has effectively fired employees who have clearly violated their guidelines – but our approach is to look at the issues, give the employee the opportunity to react and then decide what to do. The zero-tolerance policy certainly has a place in organizations. At AmSouth, we take this approach with respect to firearms on company ownership, harassment and even inappropriate use of the Internet. Our goal is to create a very safe work environment: it is our responsibility to ensure that our employees, when they come to work, do not have to worry about being harassed and not afraid. It is also our responsibility to give clear guidance to our managers so that, if they have to manage corrective actions, they have a framework that they can rely on. The concept of just cause, interpreted by experienced arbitrators, requires an employer to assess the seriousness of the offence, consider mitigating and mitigating circumstances, and apply progressive discipline. The zero-tolerance policy sniffs out these negotiated safeguards. Since 2017, the Trump administration has separated more than 2,300 children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. The administration has implemented a zero-tolerance policy that has ordered the continuation of 100% of all parents who have been caught with children crossing the border, whether or not they cross into a port of entry, knowing that this policy would lead to a huge number of family separations. The children were held for months in separate institutions, separated from their parents and siblings, living in cages and abysmal conditions, while the parents were prosecuted and deported. Under the National Labor Relations Act, an employer must notify the union in advance and authorize bargaining before adopting new disciplinary measures, such as a zero-tolerance rule.
Even if the language of the contract waives the union`s right to negotiate the content of the rules, the employer must nevertheless negotiate the effects of the rule. In a system where the triple offender is imprisoned for 25 years, even if he has stolen a candy bar, the rules alone can never be fair enough and often result in harsh and arbitrary sentences. We are all aware of the disappointing effect of a good public slope. While it makes sense to report some forms of behaviour unacceptable, zero-tolerance policies often become a crutch for lazy executives who do not know how to run a business effectively as they tackle problems when they occur. Two dozen leaders of America`s largest religious groups reject Trump`s “zero tolerance” policy. Finally, Simon`s dismissal could be based in part on his “indecipherable” emails to Martin, which call into question Simon`s loyalty and dedication, not an explicit violation of zero tolerance. But when something is questioned, it is useful to find the answer, not to expect it.