Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Disciplinary Action

So I'm reviewing some policies and such that a risk management company thinks we should add to the employee manual. It's fine...some are good to add, some are necessary, some are a pain in my backside.

There is this one policy though that includes this:

"It includes, but is not limited to, beating, stabbing, suicide, attempted suicide, shooting, rape, and obscene phone calls. Employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination."

Did you catch it? According to this, an employee who commits suicide is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Never mind that you are DEAD.

And attempted suicide? Consider: Those who attempt suicide often do so because of their skewed perception of their life...thinking its horrible, nothing good will ever happen, there's no reason to live. Do you have any idea what firing someone for attempted suicide will do to such person? Good job risk management, that's called a wrongful death lawsuit by family members of the employee who probably ran his car off a cliff after being fired for attempted suicide.

Disclaimer: I'm not poking fun at suicide - I'm annoyed with the Risk Management company for even including that in a policy it's so ridiculous.

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