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Before You Fire Your Employee, Read This! Advice from an Employment Lawyer

Posted:  Dec 19, 2023

Why Calm Emotions and Professional Guidance Are Crucial

 

Imagine the scenario: you terminate an employee you believe isn't performing, only to face a lawsuit months later because the termination process wasn't followed correctly, or the reason for dismissal wasn't legally justified. Not only will you be dealing with the emotional and logistical hassle of litigation, but legal fees and potential settlements can significantly impact your bottom line. Taking the time to understand the legalities of termination upfront can save you significant time, money, and stress in the long run.

 

Before You Terminate: What Employers Need to Know

 

The decision to terminate an employee is a complex one, and it's easy to let emotions cloud your judgment. However, hasty or uninformed terminations can leave employers open to costly and damaging legal consequences. As a trusted advisor to businesses, Steven’s and Company Law specializes in employment law, offering guidance to employers navigating the complexities of hiring and firing.

Employment law is intricate, with numerous federal, provincial, and local regulations. Even seemingly straightforward situations can have hidden pitfalls. An experienced employment lawyer can help you:

  • Understand the Legal Landscape: Termination laws vary based on factors like company size, location, and the existence of employment contracts. A lawyer will ensure you have a full understanding of your legal obligations.
  • Assess "Just Cause": Employers often need substantial justification for termination. Wrongful termination lawsuits can be financially and reputationally damaging. A lawyer helps you evaluate if your reason meets the legal standards of "just cause”.
  • Documentation Review: Having meticulously documented records of performance issues, warnings, and disciplinary actions is crucial for your protection. An attorney can review your documentation for completeness and legal soundness.
  • Severance and Separation Agreements: A lawyer can draft severance agreements tailored to your situation, securing your interests while avoiding potential disputes down the line.

If you are considering terminating an employee, the best course of action is to seek legal counsel early in the process. Even a brief consultation can provide clarity and peace of mind.

At Steven’s and Company Law we recognize the sensitivity and urgency of termination cases. We provide clear advice and help you understand the specific laws that apply to your scenario. By working with an employment lawyer, you protect your business interests while making informed, defensible decisions.

 

Contact us for a consult today.

 

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