someone quickly and legally with this "how to" guide.
In the business, world firing someone is not as easy as it used
to be. In the past an employer could fire an employee who did not
meet their expectations or who did not fulfill their job duties.
In recent years, courts have passed new laws that make firing an
employee harder. In a society where suing someone is easy, employers
are finding themselves paying the price for firing workers. Today
you risk lawsuits for firing an employee the wrong way. To avoid
this problem, you must follow the right steps when firing someone.
What to Do Before Firing Someone
First to fire an employee, you must prepare. This means giving both
verbal warnings and written warnings. You must not only give the
employee warnings but he or she must recognize them. The employee
must sign written warnings and this serves as documented proof that
he or she was aware of the problems. If the employee refuses to sign,
then you need to get a witness to sign. The witness's signature then
serves as proof the worker received a warning. If the employee decides
to sue you later, these warnings become important legal documents
to support your side of the case. Without them, you will not have
a leg to stand on. But if you have prepared properly before terminating
the employee, you will have much paperwork ready to go. This should
include a termination letter. You present the letter at the termination
meeting the day you fire the worker. It should include all the employee's
warnings, company policies that he or she violated, pay information,
benefits information and anything else the employee will need to
know once terminated.
How to Fire Someone Protocol
It is important for there to be at least two company representatives,
you and another employee, present during the termination meeting.
Having two people provides a witness if something should arise in
court. Therefore it is usually wise to include someone from the Human
Resources Department as a witness. Also make sure also the meeting
is private and confidential. Nobody but the two company representatives
and the employee should be present. The meeting should go smoothly
and quickly. Everything said should follow the termination letter.
At the end, allow the employee to ask questions. End the meeting
with a handshake and wish the now ex-employee good luck. You should
try to end the meeting on a high note if possible to prevent undesirable
If you learn how to fire someone the right way, you will find the
process goes smoothly and will rarely see backlash from disgruntled
ex-employees. This is important since you must protect yourself and
your business against potentially costly court battles. When firing
an employee the goal is a peaceful resolution. The employee has not
been doing a good job, the employer has all the proof of this and
the employee has fair warning that it will happen. You must to prove
your point, proceed with the termination and then go about business
as usual. That is exactly what will happen when you learn how to
fire someone the right way.
smart employer's guide on how to fire someone.