Formal Warning Letter (Unsatisfactory Performance)

Formal Warning Letter (Unsatisfactory Performance)

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A Formal Warning Letter is an official warning you can give to your employee notifying them that their performance is unsatisfactory. It's your first step in the process of terminating an employee. Customisable and ready to use in just 3 minutes.

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Document Overview

A Formal Warning Letter sets out that an employee's performance, behaviour, or conduct is unsatisfactory. It is important that you follow the correct procedures when terminating an employee. Firing an employee who isn't performing is a necessary part of running your successful business. It is recommended that you seek legal advice before terminating an employee as there are a number of legal options available to a disgruntled employee, including commencing proceedings against you for unlawful termination or unfair dismissal.  


Use this Formal Warning Letter (Unsatisfactory Performance) if:

  • You would like to warn an employee that their performance is unsatisfactory in regards to performance, behaviour or conduct.

What does the Formal Warning Letter (Unsatisfactory Performance) cover?

  • Documents unsatisfactory performance, behaviour or misconduct;
  • Puts the employee on notice;
  • Explains how the employee's performance must improve; and
  • Warns of the risk of termination.

Other names for Formal Warning Letter (Unsatisfactory Performance) include:

  • Last Warning Notice.

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