Termination: Procedure and Documentation

TERMINATION REQUIRES the utmost attention to safe procedure and detailed documentation. Wrongful-discharge lawsuits and charges of discrimination are common responses to termination, and they are costly in terms of litigation expense and negative impact on an organization. The ultimate goal of any company is, of course, to avoid termination by effectively facilitating performance improvement. However, it is unrealistic to assume that improvement will always occur—not all employees will be dedicated to excellence. And even the best disciplinary practices cannot prevent offenses that require immediate termination. ...

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