TERMINATIONS

Keep good records to justify every termination

01/11/2017
It is crucial to plan as if every termination will be challenged.

It's OK to fire staff who protest taxes, file false W-4

12/22/2016
Consider a policy that allows for terminating employees who file false W-4s.

Needlessly cruel firing? Prepare for lawsuit

12/20/2016
You’re almost guaranteeing a lawsuit if you make the termination experience unnecessarily unpleasant.

PennDOT case shows perils of negotiating discipline

12/06/2016
A former roadway programs coordinator with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has appealed his firing to the state Supreme Court in hopes of being reinstated.

Evidence unearthed during trial can cut liability

12/06/2016
If, during litigation, you discover a new reason for termination, you may lessen your liability.

Think twice before firing complainer

12/06/2016
If you have a worker who has complained about some form of discrimination, think twice before you terminate her.

OK to discipline for bullying online posts

12/01/2016
If you have solid policy guidance on proper workplace behavior, you shouldn’t worry too much about punishing abusive or offensive online behavior that crosses the line into bullying or worse.

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.
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