Tonearm - 8:03 am on Oct 5, 2012 (gmt 0)
I don't know Tonearm. If you made a bad hiring decision to begin with you might want to take the high road, recognize it and release the guy on good terms.
The soap opera of baiting a guy into quitting or trying to play cat and mouse with warnings, etc are bound to have a negative impact on your operation (morale, production, etc), probably more so than any UE claims he might make. It sounds like the guy actively seeks employment, you hired him right? Why assume he is heading straight for UE to somehow milk you?
It sounds like both of you would be better served with a friendly (as possible) termination.
I appreciate what you're saying, and you may be right with this guy, but it sounds like you wouldn't bother with warnings in any scenario. Is that the case? I'm trying to come up with a procedure I can use to keep my employees performing well, and warnings make sense to me as a part of that procedure. You don't agree?