Employee Relations provides unbiased information and guidance to both management and employees regarding counseling and disciplinary issues. The goal is to provide each employee with a full opportunity for success.
For information or assistance, contact Employee Relations at (727) 464-3367, option 2, or by email at Employee.Relations@pinellascounty.org.
Disciplinary Policies and Processes
- Personnel Rule 6: Discipline
- Discipline Policy (UPB Policy #10)
- Counseling and Progressive Discipline
- Grievance/Appeal Process
- Employee Advocate Program
The progressive discipline process includes several steps. Although supervisors often proceed in the order shown below, some serious issues may require a supervisor to go directly to a written warning or even to a pre-disciplinary hearing. For more detail, see Counseling and Progressive Discipline.
Coaching & Counseling
Coaching is used by supervisors to encourage and motivate their employees to achieve better performance. Counseling is used to resolve a problem. Download the Counseling Form (SharePoint link).
If a problem continues after counseling, a supervisor may discuss the issue with the employee and explain the necessary corrective action. Download the Verbal Warning Form (SharePoint link).
If a problem continues after a verbal warning, a supervisor may utilize a written warning to help an employee understand the issue and take corrective action. Download the Written Warning Form (SharePoint link).
If a problem continues after a written warning, a supervisor may take disciplinary action that affects an employee’s pay, including suspension, pay reduction, demotion or dismissal. Before any such actions occur, an employee has a right to a pre-disciplinary hearing to present information on their view of the situation. Download the Pre-Disciplinary Hearing Form (SharePoint link).
Discipline Process Forms
Items are listed in order of progression. These forms are provided in Microsoft Word format to be fully editable.
- Counseling (SharePoint link)
- Verbal Warning (SharePoint link)
- Written Warning (SharePoint link)
- Pre-Disciplinary Hearing (SharePoint links):
- Suspension Pending Judicial Review Hearing Notice (SharePoint link)
- Inactivation of Discipline
Items are listed in alphabetical order. These letters are provided in Microsoft Word format to be fully editable. The documents are located in SharePoint:
- Acceptance of Resignation Letter (SharePoint link)
- Dismissal/Termination Letters (SharePoint links):
- Inactive Service Transfer / End of Inactive Service Letter (no templates, drafted individually on County letterhead, contact County Attorney and Human Resources for assistance)
- Request for Date of Return Letters (SharePoint links):
- Suspension Pending Judicial Review Letter (SharePoint link)
Tools for Supervisors
- Extended Illness or Incapacity Analysis Checklist
- FACE Conversation Tips
- Performance Coaching and Feedback (Office of Personnel Management)