How to avoid a wrongful-discharge suit

  • September 17, 2018

How can you discharge or discipline an employee without ending up in court? Here are seven key tests of whether there's “just cause” for your action.

Skipping disciplinary step? Document why

  • August 09, 2018

If you have a progressive discipline system that gives poor performers or rule breakers a chance to reform, be sure your policy includes an escape hatch that lets you...

Noncompete violation means no unemployment

  • July 03, 2018

When an employee is fired for violating the terms of a noncompete, he won’t receive unemployment compensation because he committed willful act of wrongdoing, which...

Terminated worker won’t return property

  • June 21, 2018

The problem: A terminated employee fails to return company equipment, such as a laptop. How do you get it back? You have different options to consider, depending on your...

Firing: When and where?

  • June 19, 2018

Firing employees is part of your job. And it’s never easy. But you can make it more bearable by choosing where and when to do the job.

5 tips for legally safe terminations

  • May 11, 2018

While you can’t expect an employee to leave a termination meeting happy, you can take a few simple steps to calm the person down and reduce the chances that he or...