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De Minimis Rule

The De Minimis Rule refers to a legal principle that allows employers to overlook minor violations of employment laws or regulations when they have a negligible impact on the workforce or the overall compliance of the organization. It acknowledges that it's impractical and unnecessary to enforce every minor infraction.

Suppose an employee is a few minutes late to work occasionally, but these delays do not disrupt the workflow or cause any significant issues. The De Minimis Rule would permit the employer to overlook these minor tardiness instances without imposing disciplinary actions, recognizing that such minor infractions have minimal impact on the workplace.

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