Of all the employment decisions employers make, none get litigated more often than termination decisions. To protect your company, review these questions before any termination.

  1. Does the employee have a contract of employment? If so, what does it say about grounds for termination?
  2. Has the employee acknowledged in writing that employment is terminable at will?

Let’s say you have good reasons for termination. Perhaps the employee has well documented performance issues, has fallen asleep on the job, or has violated the harassment policy. Many employers seem to think “good cause” for termination equals good reasons to fight unemployment. A good idea? Not necessarily. Here’s why.

The standards for receiving unemployment