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Firing

How to protect your company’s data when letting go of a remote employee

05/21/2020
An astounding 87% of employees take company data with them on their way out the door. How can businesses protect their data when laying off employees who are currently working from home? Your checklist should include the following steps after an employee gives notice.

Have manager who hired also do the firing

03/05/2020
Courts have long assumed that if the same manager hires an applicant and then fires that employee later, chances are he or she didn’t do so for discriminatory reasons. It simply doesn’t make sense—especially when the applicant’s protected status was obvious at the time she was hired.

Note exact date and time of firing decision

12/10/2019
If the employee brings up some form of discrimination to establish that she engaged in “protected activity” and claims the discharge was retaliation for her complaint, you can show that’s not possible because you made the decision before she complained.

Snapshot: Emotions triggered by terminations

12/03/2019
According to a recent poll, 61% of people who had been fired believed their terminations were unjustified.

Think twice before firing immediately after employee has filed EEOC complaint

11/25/2019
If you suddenly fire a worker who just filed an EEOC complaint and can’t explain why, expect a retaliation lawsuit. That’s because filing an EEOC complaint is protected activity, so the timing alone looks suspicious.

Don’t delay: Act on termination decision ASAP

11/25/2019
When you have good reason to fire a worker, it makes little sense to put off acting on your decision. That’s especially true if it’s for poor performance. Otherwise, if the employee’s work improves in the interim and he has decided to complain about discrimination, your subsequent termination may look like retaliation.

Discover wrongdoing during FMLA? Fire away

11/14/2019
It’s natural to worry about terminating an employee who is out on FMLA leave. However, the FMLA does not prohibit employers from making employment decisions that they would have made anyway if the employee had never taken leave.

Superstar won’t behave? Feel free to fire

11/07/2019
Sometimes, an employee does a great job, but an abrasive personality makes him more trouble than he is worth. Superior work skills and productivity insulate superstars from legitimate discipline or termination based on poor behavior.

Firing for vacation during FMLA? Hit ‘pause’

09/19/2019
Even if it appears that an employee is misusing his FMLA leave, you must make discipline or termination decisions based on a rational review of the facts, including the doctor’s certification.

Cite poor performance to justify termination

09/13/2019
Smart employers always document poor performance with specific examples. That way, you have a ready defense for just about any surprise discrimination lawsuit.