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Before you fire, consider records you will need if sued

Whenever you fire someone, consider that he or she might sue you. Be prepared to show that the employee’s punishment was comparable to that of other employees who broke the same rule.

Willful misconduct bars unemployment

An important reminder: Willful misconduct can bar a former employee from receiving unemployment benefits.

Lie on application? No unemployment benefits

Employees caught lying on their employment applications about their educational level may not be entitled to unemployment compensation benefits.

Be sure you can document why you fired ‘good’ worker

Think twice before terminating a worker who has earned consistently good performance reviews.

Keep detailed records that document employee’s poor work

State unemployment officials and courts are much more likely to be persuaded by a detailed record than the worker’s mere assertion that she was doing her job just fine.

Keep good records to justify every termination

It is crucial to plan as if every termination will be challenged.

Needlessly cruel firing? Prepare for lawsuit

You’re almost guaranteeing a lawsuit if you make the termination experience unnecessarily unpleasant.

Avoid 5 mistakes when terminating

Many legal claims are born solely out of employees’ anger, not a solid legal case. One wrong move, especially during the firing process, can leave employees feeling hurt or humiliated—and running for the courthouse. Here are five common blunders to avoid when terminating an employee.

PennDOT case shows perils of negotiating discipline

A former roadway programs coordinator with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has appealed his firing to the state Supreme Court in hopes of being reinstated.

Evidence unearthed during trial can cut liability

If, during litigation, you discover a new reason for termination, you may lessen your liability.