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Know the laws before dismissing problem employees.
Working with a disgruntled employee is hard on management and coworkers alike. But can you fire someone simply because of a bad attitude? What about a lazy employee or a troublemaker?
The answer: Yes and no.
The issues involved in terminations are complex, but by handling them properly, you reduce the chance your company will have to spend a fortune in legal fees to defend itself.
Of course, before taking action, you should check with a labor attorney. And make sure the reasons for any termination are supported by documents and records. Here are some guidelines:
Lessons: Having a good employee handbook and strictly adhering to it can help establish a record that protects you in court. Review your handbook and all official company documents to make sure they don't imply job security. Make sure your policies are legal, which is an ongoing process since the laws are constantly changing.
Include an "at will" statement in all job applications, which are signed by future employees. And make sure that managers don't promise or imply job security to staff members or applicants when making employment offers.
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