Ensuring the Legality of Firing an Employee
Firing an employee is not one of those things managers and business owners look forward to when it comes to handling a business. Although it is very possible to fire an employee for all kinds of reasons, it still stands that in order to prevent lawsuits being filed against the company and in order to keep the integrity of both the company and of the employer, proper termination procedures should be looked into and observed.
First of all, the employer has to firmly discern why this kind of action should be taken. This is essential as firing someone should not come as an easy decision. With firm action and the right way to go about it, it becomes easier to handle the termination efficiently, thus avoiding the difficulty that some businesses face when having to deal with a wronged former employee.
Thus, the employer must provide a reason as to why exactly the employee’s contract needs to be terminated. Usually, this is the case when the employee has done something critical to endanger the company and its reputation or continues to perform poorly despite repeated warnings regarding his or her performance. By putting thought into the reason behind termination, it is easier to get them to understand why it is being done.
Aside from that, during the termination meeting itself, it pays to have a co-worker, usually someone from HR, to act as a witness. Throughout the meeting, the employee must be shown respect and compassion. This way, firing an employee is easier and can end on a positive note.