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Terminations

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Ensure employees on leave understand termination rules

11/02/2016
If you have a policy on terminating employees who are out on leave, be sure to issue reminders about the rule and the timeline.

Pick one reason for firing, then stick with it

11/02/2016
Before you decide to change the reason why you discharged a worker, consider the possible impact of a potential lawsuit.

How to get the most from your exit interviews

10/27/2016
From both sides of the table, exit interviews are not a comfortable situation. But organizations can gain a lot of valuable information that can help improve the workplace culture and reduce turnover.

EEOC appeals loss in funeral home transgender case

10/18/2016
The EEOC is appealing a federal court’s ruling that a Michigan funeral home was allowed to fire a transgender employee because of the owner’s religious objections.

Workplace violence rules out unemployment benefits

10/17/2016
If an employee engages in violent behavior and is fired, she isn’t entitled to unemployment compensation benefits.

OK to voice concern about age as long as you don’t base termination decision on it

10/17/2016
When determining which positions should be eliminated during a reduction in force or reorganization, sometimes supervisors and managers will look at the ages of those likely affected. All by itself, that’s not evidence of age discrimination.

Minor deviation from layoff procedures? Courts unlikely to consider that discrimination

10/17/2016
Of course you should always strive to follow your internal policies and procedures to the letter. That doesn’t mean you need to panic if you discover that someone unintentionally deviated from your standard practice.

Prepare to prove firing wasn’t retaliation

10/12/2016
If an employee complained about a supervisor’s actions, make sure the supervisor can’t manipulate the disciplinary process to punish the worker.

Beware close timing between FMLA and firing

10/12/2016
Use caution when terminating someone who is on FMLA leave or has just returned to work following FMLA leave. The timing alone might trigger a lawsuit.

Ensure early-out incentives are equitable

10/07/2016
Often before an employer implements a reduction in force, it may try to encourage employees to resign or retire by offering early-out incentives.
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