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Firing

Carefully document customer complaints if they might be used to justify termination

03/12/2019
If your employees can be terminated because of customer complaints, make sure you have a reliable method for tracking those complaints. Be sure to include as many details as possible.

Go to jail, get fired, collect unemployment anyway

01/31/2019
Employees who engage in misconduct generally aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits. But that doesn’t mean a blanket rule that calls for firing anyone who is incarcerated will automatically rule out unemployment compensation.

Document precise reason for termination

01/02/2019
Detailed documentation is your best defense if a fired employee sues for discrimination. You will be able to show that your reasons were not motivated by bias.

Employee’s decision to file lawsuit in justice court may backfire

12/04/2018
A worker can’t add additional claims to her case on appeal that go over the dollar limit for justice court cases.

Always record the date when you made a decision to fire

12/04/2018
Do you note the date and time of every termination decision? If not, you should.

Be sure to document reasons that led to your decision to terminate

12/04/2018
No matter how fair you have been, always assume an employee who has been disciplined will sue, alleging some form of discrimination. Be prepared!

Many reasons for firing? Document them all

11/14/2018
When terminating a worker, you don’t need to give her an exhaustive list of offenses. However, you should internally document all the reasons for firing her, in case you need to offer them as evidence later.

Employee doesn’t return after FMLA runs out? OK to fire for violating attendance policy

11/14/2018
If for some reason an employee doesn’t return to work at the end of his FMLA entitlement, then the employer is free to enforce a no-show, voluntary-quit rule based on the absences.

Document time of performance problems in case employee registers bogus complaints

11/06/2018
Employees who face discipline sometimes fight back with their own discrimination complaints. Terminating such an employee shortly afterward can look suspiciously like the complaint precipitated the discipline. The best way to prevent that impression is to carefully document the reasons for the disciplinary meeting in the first place.

Fired employee sues? Consider counter-claim

11/06/2018
If you have good records showing exactly how you decided to terminate and can explain why you terminated an employee without stating the underlying reasons, you may be able to bring that up if she sues.