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Fire Away--When the Time is Right

Sometimes firing an employee is a necessary evil in the world of business.

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Although you as the employer are completely justified interminating a problem employee, be compassionate and sensitive.Despite previous warnings about possible termination, the actualexperience is always shocking and unpleasant. Be sure that thegrounds for termination are clearly stated and that you limityourself to facts that can be supported by written documentation.Also, inform the employee fully of his or her rights, such astemporary continued coverage by the group health insurance policy.Record all pertinent acts--for example, why the employee was fired,how many warnings had been issued, what compensation, if any, theemployee is entitled to receive--in the employee's personnelfile; this will protect you from any future legal action taken by adisgruntled employee.

Excerpted from Starting a Home-based Business

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