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Firing

How not to lay off employees

12/09/2021
If you ever have to lay off hundreds of employees, don’t do it the way the CEO of Better.com did on Dec. 1.

No need to tell employee why she was fired

11/29/2021
When terminating an employee, you don’t necessarily have to explain the exact reason for your decision. However, you must still document your rationale at the time you decide to fire. If the employee sues, a court will want to see when and why you arrived at the decision, all documented at the time.

Can you fire employee for saying, “Let’s go, Brandon!”?

11/18/2021
Southwest Airlines is investigating a pilot for saying, “Let’s go, Brandon!” during an in-flight announcement. Southwest sent a reminder to staff that “public expressions of personal opinions while on duty is unacceptable.”

Firing during FMLA leave? Prove FMLA wasn’t reason

11/04/2021
Employees cannot be fired for taking FMLA leave. If you must terminate someone who has taken FMLA leave, be prepared to show it had nothing to do with their leave-taking. Do that by contemporaneously documenting what led to the termination and when you made the decision to fire.

How to take the sting—and legal risk—out of terminations

10/21/2021
Is there a “best” way to fire an employee? There is no conversation more traumatic for both the employer delivering the message and the employee receiving it. That said, there are some best practices that can help for all involved.

Employers begin firing covid vaccine refusers

10/07/2021
The Biden administration hasn’t even finished drafting rules for mandatory employee covid-19 vaccinations, but employers are already taking action. Some large employers have begun firing noncompliant workers or announced new mandates after previous incentives failed to get more workers vaccinated. Here are some examples.

If employee is fired for refusing vaccine, can he still collect unemployment?

09/17/2021
As more employers mandate the vaccine for their workers, some employees are asking an important question: If I’m fired for refusing my company’s vaccine mandate, would I still qualify for unemployment?

Fired HR pro faces prison for sabotaging resume database

09/07/2021
A fired HR director from Florida has been convicted of illegally accessing and damaging her former employer’s computer files after she deleted tens of thousands of HR records.

Investigate before firing alleged FMLA ‘liar’

09/02/2021
Generally, employers are allowed to fire employees they believe lied about their need for FMLA leave. But there is an important proviso: The employer must act in good faith, showing it conducted an investigation into whether the employee was entitled to leave or not.

PIP: Offer chance to improve before firing

08/05/2021
Smart employers make it a standard practice to establish performance improvement plans before terminating employees who can’t do their jobs properly. PIPs can help turn around an underperforming worker. They also demonstrate your good faith to courts, assuring them that a subsequent firing was because of a performance problem, not discrimination.