Firing Someone: Only 3 Legitimate Reasons

imagesTerminating someone’s employment is never an easy decision and should not be taken lightly. I am reminded of some excellent advice I received when I got into the business many years ago: “always remember, when you fire someone, you are taking away his or her livelihood.” I never forgot that.

Unfortunately there are times when you must terminate someone. There are really only three legitimate and compliant reasons to do so:

  1. Economic reasons, such as lack of work (we call it a layoff).
  2. Poor work performance (documented, with appropriate detail).
  3. Violation of basic policies such as stealing or mistreating customers.

Termination for these reasons only and you are less likely to face compliance problems.

In the next post, I will provide you some practical discharge methods.

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