TERMINATIONS

All about California's WARN Act

11/28/2016
What are our notice requirements? ... What must WARN notices say? ... What if we don’t give notice?

Every time, be ready to justify why you disciplined

11/17/2016
Generally, you should enforce workplace rules as equally as possible.

Are you really going to challenge that unemployment claim?

11/16/2016
HR must be careful in weighing what it's gaining against what it could be losing.

Court loses patience with prof's pro se poetry

11/14/2016
Some federal courts are tiring of having to process long-winded pro se complaints.

Before you fire, know 3 limits on at-will employment

11/13/2016
Unless a contract specifically said otherwise, you can fire at-will employees for any reason or no reason at all, with three exceptions.

Downsizing in New York? Know when you need to WARN your employees

11/11/2016
If your business is planning or considering downsizing at these levels, then a review of the WARN Act needs to be undertaken early in the process.

Subordinate's hair comment doesn't justify lawsuit

11/11/2016
It takes more than a handful of incidents to create hostility, even if they could be viewed as offensive and not appropriate for the workplace.

Thoroughly document rationale and timing for every termination decision

11/11/2016
Treat every pending termination as if you will have to prove that you had solid business reasons for your decision.

Ensure employees on leave understand termination rules

11/02/2016
If you have a policy on terminating employees who are out on leave, be sure to issue reminders about the rule and the timeline.

Pick one reason for firing, then stick with it

11/02/2016
Before you decide to change the reason why you discharged a worker, consider the possible impact of a potential lawsuit.

How to get the most from your exit interviews

10/27/2016
From both sides of the table, exit interviews are not a comfortable situation. But organizations can gain a lot of valuable information that can help improve the workplace culture and reduce turnover.

EEOC appeals loss in funeral home transgender case

10/18/2016
The EEOC is appealing a federal court’s ruling that a Michigan funeral home was allowed to fire a transgender employee because of the owner’s religious objections.

Workplace violence rules out unemployment benefits

10/17/2016
If an employee engages in violent behavior and is fired, she isn’t entitled to unemployment compensation benefits.

OK to voice concern about age as long as you don't base termination decision on it

10/17/2016
When determining which positions should be eliminated during a reduction in force or reorganization, sometimes supervisors and managers will look at the ages of those likely affected. All by itself, that’s not evidence of age discrimination.

Minor deviation from layoff procedures? Courts unlikely to consider that discrimination

10/17/2016
Of course you should always strive to follow your internal policies and procedures to the letter. That doesn’t mean you need to panic if you discover that someone unintentionally deviated from your standard practice.
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