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Employment Termination

When an Employee Leaves

Essential steps to take after an employee quits or is fired.

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What to Say When You Fire an Employee

The only thing harder than deciding to fire an employee is actually breaking the bad news. Indeed, firing an employee face-to-face is one of the most ...

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Unemployment Benefits: Contesting an Employee's Claim

Not everyone who's out of work is entitled to unemployment benefits. There are a couple of factors that dictate whether a former employee will receive...

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Should You Offer Severance Pay?

Some employers assume that they have to offer a severance package -- a combination of money and continuing benefits -- to fired employees. In many cas...

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Should I Fire an Employee?

How to decide whether it's time to let an employee go.

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Punishing Whistleblowers Can Lead to Trouble

State and federal laws -- including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 -- protect whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers. If you take discipli...

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Making Layoff Decisions

The recent economic downturn has led some companies to consider layoffs. Laying off workers is one of the toughest tasks managers face. And because of...

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Illegal Reasons for Firing Employees

Both state and federal law forbid you from using certain reasons to fire an employee. These include illegal discrimination, retaliation against an emp...

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How to Conduct a Layoff

Layoffs are painful and stressful for everyone, employers and employees alike. If your company has decided that layoffs are necessary, you can make th...

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Giving References for Former Employees

Whenever one of your employees leaves, you will have to decide what to say to other employers who call for a reference. The decision is pretty straigh...

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Chart: Final Paychecks for Departing Employees

Most states require employers to give departing employees their final paychecks in fairly short order -- sometimes on their last day of work. In some ...

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