Terminating employees often brings angst to many company executives – fortunately it is an area where in-house counsel can provide guidance to decrease corporate risk and ensure that the process runs smoothly:
The decision to terminate an employee can give any employer anxiety, even if it is undoubtedly for the betterment of the business. This sense of dread is not without warrant; termination can be a legal landmine. Even terminating “at-will” employees requires cautious consideration. You can cover your bases, though, by carefully drafting policies, adhering to procedures, and relying on some common sense.
[Read: Contemplate Before You Terminate: Rules of Termination at The National Law Review]