In this section, the employer indicates what happens if the worker does not comply with all the terms of the agreement. As a general rule, the consequence is an immediate termination, unless the employee has a valid reason not to do so. If the employee.B signs a medical authorization so that the employer can receive progress reports but the institution does not make them available, this may be a cause of non-compliance. It may be helpful to give the employee general time frames to meet each of the terms of the last-chance agreement, to ensure that the employee moves forward towards a return to work and productivity. For example, the employee may be required to go to rehab as soon as the institution can accommodate him, submit status reports mid-term and after closing, and undergo monthly drug or alcohol testing within the first six months of returning to work. The agreement should contain a summary of the employee`s conduct and failings and cite company guidelines that were violated. A summary of the progressive discipline received by the worker may also be included or, if the employer has kept detailed records, it can be referenced. Once the employee has read and accepted the terms of the last-chance agreement, the worker and employer should sign and date the agreement. An employer may choose, but is not required by the ADA to offer a „fixed choice“ or a „last chance“ to a worker who, failing that, due to poor performance or misbehaviour due to alcohol or drug abuse. In general, an employer undertakes, as part of a „firm decision“ or „last chance agreement“, not to dismiss the employee in exchange for a worker`s agreement, to receive treatment for drug addiction, to renounce the use of alcohol or drugs and to avoid other problems in the workplace. As a general rule, a violation of such an agreement justifies dismissal because the worker does not meet the conditions of continued employment.
Employers generally strive to retain current employees because an experienced employee can add value to a business and because the high costs associated with recruiting and training new employees are attributable. If employees have temporary problems that lead them to violate company guidelines, to the point where they are about to be fired, employers should consider a last chance (also called a fixed choice) to keep the employee while protecting the business. A last-chance agreement is an agreement between an employer and an employee that defines the conditions the worker must meet in order to keep his or her job. Although employers are not required to offer last-chance agreements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), these agreements are often used for workers who have relapsed drug or alcohol dependent and whose current drug or alcohol use is causing problems in the workplace. Assuming that the employee meets all the conditions of the last-chance agreement and returns to work for a specified period of time and fully complies with the company`s guidelines for a specified period of time, he or she should at some point be exempt from the terms of the agreement and treated like other employees. As a general rule, the agreement ends after the employee has been free of drugs or alcohol and complies with company guidelines for a reasonable period of time. B, for example, from six months to a year, depending on the circumstances.