Forms You Need To Fire Safely
It’s important that you have the appropriate termination
forms when you fire. If you don’t, you could be facing a
wrongful termination suit, you could find yourself in violation
regulations and you could be making it tougher on yourself by not
following standard practices.
Here are the templates and checklists I recommend you have before
starting any firing or lay off.
An employee warning form: You need this before
the firing to document that you gave the employee a fair chance
to improve and the employee
knew his job was at risk.
A “fill-in-the-blank” employee termination letter: This makes writing the separation letter easy. And you will know
you are doing everything correctly.
A separation agreement template: This is a legal
boiler plate template that ensures you are complying with all the
state laws. You will need this in particular when you are firing
an older worker,asking for a release and needing to comply with
the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
Sample exit interview questions: You should have good exit interview
questions to ask the fired employee. The ex-employee will often
have excellent suggestions for business improvements when you know
how to ask the right questions.
Letter of recommendation template: As an employer, you are often
asked for a letter of recommendation. This is easy to agree to
but often we don’t have enough time to write one. With a
LOR template, you can make short work of this obligation to your
Firing and layoff checklists: You should have
separate checklists for firings and layoffs. You have to treat
each differently. Different
rules and regulations apply. Also, a checklist will make the firing
or layoff go much more smoothly for you and the fired employee.
When you need templates and checklists, we recommend that you
get a copy of the Employee Termination Guidebook.
This training manual will show you how to fire and layoff correctly.
includes the proprietary Termination Risk Estimate and
Protection System. This shows you how to handle high, medium and low risk
based on their propensity to sue you and the company. To find out
more, click termination
forms, templates and checklists.