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Terminations

Use documentation of past violations to justify harsh discipline

09/29/2016
Smart employers catalog every instance of discipline. Those records come in handy if you must fire one employee for breaking the same rule as another employee who wasn’t terminated.

Are you courting a wrongful discharge suit?

09/29/2016
Before firing anyone, ask yourself the following questions to gauge whether you could defend yourself in a wrongful discharge suit.

Prepare to explain budget reason for job cuts

09/29/2016
If an employee alleges she lost her job during a reduction in force because of discrimination or retaliation, counter that claim by showing there were real economic reasons for letting her go.

Honest staff hit back at Wells Fargo with lawsuit

09/27/2016
Two former Wells Fargo employees who didn’t cheat in the bank’s ill-conceived incentive scheme to drive new business have filed a $2.6 million class-action lawsuit.

He handles our money! Can we terminate employee who recently filed for bankruptcy?

09/26/2016
Q. I recently discovered that an employee who handles company money has filed for bankruptcy. My concern is that if he was unable to handle his own finances, he may be untrustworthy with company finances. Can I discharge this employee?

Free speech includes speech that is unpopular

09/26/2016
Government employees don’t lose the right to engage in free speech when they take a job. That extends to speech that the employer may see as unpopular or even dangerous.

OK to terminate disabled worker if there is no possible way to accommodate

09/26/2016

You can terminate a disabled individual if you conclude the employee can’t under perform the essential functions of a job with or without accommodations.

Patience key to lawsuit-proof firing decisions

09/26/2016
When a fired employee sues you, winning often depends on careful documentation that demonstrates how her performance did not meet your standards.

After firing, how fast do you block network access?

09/22/2016
It should be item No. 1 on the termination checklist.

COBRA coverage continues even if carrier changes

09/22/2016
Employees who elect to continue their health insurance coverage after a work separation get to maintain that coverage even if the employer switches plans.