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Firing

Employee sleepwalks into co-worker’s hotel room: Do you terminate or accommodate?

08/18/2022
Here’s one they probably didn’t teach you in HR school…

Beware legal hazards of terminating remote employees

07/19/2022
For the first time, a significant number of remote employees may be included in layoffs. Layoffs of remote employees present unique legal hazards for employers.

Should you use written termination letters?

06/24/2022
While no federal law requires it, a few states do require employees to provide some notice of separation. But silence is not golden in terminations—it will only breed suspicion that the firing was unfair and possibly illegal. Even if it’s not required, termination letters can help prevent liability and create a clear paper trail in case you’re sued.

Can you fire employee for her Facebook post?

06/24/2022
American employees often think they have unfettered free-speech rights to say whatever they want (online or in-person) and it won’t have any impact on their employment. Not true. If employees say (or post) inappropriate, racist or obscene things—even in their free time—it can cost them their jobs.

NLRB flexes muscle with reinstatement order

04/28/2022
The National Labor Relations Board, which enforces the National Labor Relations Act, is aggressively pursuing reinstatement as a remedy when it finds an employer has committed an unfair labor practice. That means more employers these days may have to take back workers they already fired. Ordering an employee’s reinstatement is an unusual step, but it could become more common.

5 questions to ask yourself just seconds before you fire someone … and 5 to ask yourself just seconds before you hire someone

03/24/2022
Are you really sure you want to press that button just yet? Run a few things through your mind before picking up the phone … or making the long hard walk down the hallway.

Should you fire employee who supports Putin?

03/15/2022
When it comes to at-will employment, there are all kinds of people you can terminate. The trickier question is whether you should fire them.

Snapshot: Who’s quitting to gain the flexibility to work anywhere?

01/11/2022
Baby boomers are quitting for the option to work from anywhere at nearly twice the rate of their younger colleagues.

Beware firing during employee’s FMLA leave

12/22/2021
Generally, employers are free to punish or terminate workers even while on job-protected leave like FMLA if they discover during that time away that the employee wasn’t doing his job. But there’s a caveat. You must be able to show the court that you would have done the same thing if the employee hadn’t taken leave

Griping about low pay isn’t always protected activity

12/09/2021
Countless federal laws make it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for engaging in protected activities such as reporting alleged discrimination or unfair labor practices. However, not all employee complaints earn protection against retaliation.