School boards have wide latitude to terminate teachers for financial reasons

A Texas appellate court has upheld the discharge of a teacher for financial reasons. The case shows school districts have great discretion to determine which employees to cut and don’t have to be bogged down in a detailed examination.

Be sure to document justification for RIF


While you may not want to share the information with your employees as you prepare for a reduction in force, be sure to document the reasons. That’s especially true if the underlying reasons are monetary—that you simply can’t afford to employ as many people as you have in the past.

Target to cut 1,400 HQ jobs, employees email complaints

Target, the country’s third largest retailer, has announced it will cut 1,400 jobs from its Twin Cities’ headquarters. Falling sales, losses from an unsuccessful expansion into Canada and last year’s massive data breach have been cited as reasons for the downsizing.

What notice must I give California employees upon termination?

Q. As a California employer, what forms and notices am I required to provide to employees I discharge? Also, are the forms and notices due immediately upon termination?

Fire at Will Doctrine


HR Law 101: Under the law in most states, if there’s no employment contract, workers are employed on an “at-will” basis. That means employers have the right to fire employees at any time for any reason or no reason, and, conversely, employees have the right to leave the organization at any time ...

The requirements of California's WARN Act

What are the penalties for violating California WARN Act’s notice requirements? And are there any valid exceptions to them?

2015 layoffs could be lowest since 2003

Planned layoffs are at a record low heading into 2015, according to a survey released Dec. 3 by the nonprofit total rewards association WorldatWork.

Is California WARN different than the federal law?

Q. As a California employer, am I required to follow the same 90-day aggregation rule that the federal WARN Act follows?

How does California's plant closing law work?

Q. Our company is going to have lay off a large number of employees. Are we required to give notice to the employees?

Agriculture company helps 600 laid-off employees find new jobs

Milwaukee-based agricultural firm Cargill laid off 600 employees on Aug. 1. On Aug. 14, it held a companywide job fair to help them find new jobs.

Workers less worried about losing their jobs

Fewer than one in five U.S. full- and part-time workers are worried that they will be laid off in the near future, according to a new Gallup poll.

RIF that shows racial disparity spells trouble

Sometimes, business conditions require companies to implement reductions in force. Before you put your HR seal of approval on who stays and who goes, be sure that hidden discrimination isn’t influencing the decisions.

You lost me at 'Hello'

It may have been one of the worst layoff memos of all time. After beginning with a breezy “Hello there,” Microsoft honcho Stephen Elop’s July 17 all-staff email stumbled obliviously downhill.

What employee thresholds trigger need for notification of plant closings?

Q. I am the owner of several industrial facilities, but recent financial crises have forced me to have to shut down two of these plants. These closings and subsequent layoffs will affect about 600 employees. Am I re­­quired to notify the employees before laying them off?

Separation agreements: Use arbitration agreements instead of claims releases?

Q. We have seen that some companies are requiring their employees to agree to arbitration rather than a release of claims in their separation agreements. Is this an alternative worth exploring?
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