Consider These Things Before Firing EmployeesSep 06, 2023
Three Things Businesses Should Consider Before Firing Employees
- If the business is terminating for performance or violation of company policy- Have you discussed the issue with the employee; counseled him/her on the problem and what needs to be done to fix it- jumping to a termination without trying to resolve the issue through training or manager meetings can lead to high turnover costs and lawsuits against the company
- Has the employee engaged in a protected activity, such that firing the employee would be retaliatory- protected activities are things like complaints about discrimination, harassment, complaints about non-payment of wages or overtime, requests for accommodations based on a disability- like anxiety, depression, or a medical condition constituting a disability.
- Consider the Cost to replace the employee- a Gallup survey estimates the cost to replace employees is ½ to 2 times the employees annual salary
Many companies are quick to fire and don’t go through the proper considerations. Businesses should consult with an employment lawyer before making any substantial employee decisions, to make sure its following the law. Let me know what you want to learn about next and don’t forget to follow for more updates on the employment laws affecting businesses and workplace rights.
Karly Wannos, Esq., of the Wannos Law Firm, PA is an employment attorney in Florida. She helps companies comply with the employment laws through legal guidance, customized workshops and trainings and preparation of legal documents and employee handbooks.
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