Last week's HR Tip explored recommendations for terminating a worker's employment in a legal, professional manner. This week, we will review guidelines on what NOT to do during termination meetings.
- Do not leave room for debate or confusion during the termination meeting; let the employee know in the first sentence that s/he is terminated.
- Do not make personal comments, especially pertaining to an employee's health, economic status, race, religion, age, gender, or personal life; keep the focus on work only.
- Avoid terminating an employee when s/he is just returning from vacation or FMLA, or just after filing a discrimination or harassment claim.
- Do not terminate for reasons that might be taken as discrimination, even inadvertently.
- If terminating for cause, do not forget to have written documentation beforehand. If an employee quits or resigns, get it in writing as well.
Above all, don't forget that your certified HR Consultant at Nextep is here to help at 888-811-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will walk through potential issues, ensure that legal rights are not violated, and offer advisement on handling specific situations.