Employee Terminations

There are so many things to consider when terminating an employee. Every situation is different. Be sure to not only know Federal labor laws and regulations, but those laws specific to your state and even municipality. The Delp Group can help businesses with challenging terminations. Below are some common Do’s and Don’ts.*

Termination Do’s –

DO ensure that any protected characteristics (age, gender, marital status, race, etc.) were not considered in the decision to terminate the employee.

DO go into the meeting with a final decision. Make sure your mind is made up to terminate the employee.  Don’t second guess or change your mind in the middle of the meeting.

DO have a second person with you when you terminate an employee. This person should be silent and should take notes on what is said.

DO explain the termination clearly and without hesitation. Stick to the facts.  Don’t give opinions.

Termination Don’ts –

DON’T apologize.

DON’T debate the issue with the employee.

DON’T discuss the termination with other employees or give conflicting reasons for the termination.


*This is not a substitute for legal advice and should not be used as such. Do not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to legal advice from your attorney or other professional legal services provider.