Firing: It's Not Easy, But It Can Be Legal

The need to terminate an employee can arise despite your best efforts, and by then it may already be too late to "do it properly." To keep your terminations legal and avoid costly errors, learn what you need to know about terminations before you need to know it. Learn how to approach situations in a way that may solve problems and avoid termination. Emphasis is placed on practical techniques for supervisors to use within the legal framework of employment laws, and how to document so that corrective discipline or discharge will stand up to challenge.

Effective documentation is essential for making good employment decisions and preventing liability. Improper documentation, though, can be worse than none at all. Learn the difference. This program covers fundamentals of documenting the proper areas of discharge. It provides the foundation for effectively approaching issues and then having strong and valid defense for the actions you take.

If you decide to discharge, then what do you do? You need to do it properly. To keep your terminations legal and avoid errors that may turn out to be costly. How do you decide that it’s time to discharge an employee? How should the termination meeting be held? Are you even required to have a meeting? How do you document the actual firing? What can happen after the discharge to create additional liabilities? HR, supervisors, and managers need to understand the underlying employment law to guide their actions, so that they can stand up to a challenge from the terminated employee and his or her attorney.

Covered Topics

  • Basic employment laws affecting discharge
  • What is documentation?
  • Documenting your good deeds – not just discipline
  • Establishing consistency and non-discrimination
  • Understanding the different documentary foundations for discharge
  • Knowing the differing elements for performance, conduct, and other forms of fair documentation
  • The Discipline Checklist
  • Deciding to discharge
  • Handling the termination meeting
  • Should there always be a “meeting” (the volatile employee)
  • It’s not over when it’s over – aftermath considerations
  • Easy-to-understand principles to guide you in difficult situations

Who Should Attend?

Human Resources Managers, Safety & Security personnel, Branch Managers, Executive, Supervisors.