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rumors that perpetuate this myth. One is that you can
fire anyone for any reason in an at-will state, which is
simply untrue. You cannot fire a person for an illegal or
discriminatory reason, even in an at-will state.
Never attempt to soften the blow of termination by
calling it a " layoff. " As you can see in the flow chart
on p. 68, a layoff and a termination are very different.
Use the words fired or terminated; never say, " We're
laying you off. " If you want to fire an employee for
lawful reasons such as poor performance or attitude,
but you tell them you're laying them off because there's
a lack of work instead, you may lose your affirmative
defense, which is simply they could not do the job and
performed so poorly that they were fired. Remember
that once you've received a demand letter, you can't go
back and list all the reasons they were a bad employee.
In this case, the " layoff language " the employee heard
can be used against you.
Another example of the difference between these
classifications is that employees who are laid off can
collect unemployment insurance, while terminated
employees should not. Should you need help figuring
out which classification applies to your particular
employee, CEDR's free separation guide " Here's Your
Exit: A Guide to Firing, Layoffs and Resignations " [see
download instructions on p. 67 ] walks through each type
of employee separation in great detail. When it comes
to firings, always be clear that the employee is being
terminated for a lawful reason.
Take purposeful steps
Many steps need to be taken in a successful firing;
however, there are a couple that can help you control
the termination narrative. For example, when it
comes to the actual firing, always plan what you will
say ahead of time. Clearly state the objective and job
performance-related reasons an employee is being
terminated. Keep in mind that terminations can be done
with dignity, and giving the objective reasons need not
be an indictment of your employee as a human being.
Typically, lawful reasons are issues closely tied to work
performance such as insubordination, attitude, low
productivity, poor quality of work, poor attendance,
harassment of other workers or customers and, in the
worst instances, things like theft, discrimination,
unlawful behavior, physical violence or threats against
other employees.
When discussing the termination with the employee,
do not argue or backpedal. Any arguments you make
in the heat of the moment are likely to work in the
employee's favor later. State that your decision is final
and move the conversation toward closure. As soon as
In wrongful termination cases, the
person who wins will most likely be the
one who does the best job of controlling
the termination narrative.
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Howard Speaks: Dentistry is a Numbers Game
Professional Courtesy: Joyful Dentistry
Continuing Education Update
Industry News
New Products
Townie Poll: Lasers
Show Your Work: Warm Up To Something New by Dr. Ron Kaminer
Message Board: Oral Pathology
Message Board: Endodontic Healing
Industry Insights: Ivoclar Vivadent
Office Visit: Dr. Grant Olson
Dueling Lasers by Dr. Samuel B. Low
Rolling Back 'The Cloud' by Andrew Malcolmson
Ad Index
Keep Your Story Straight by Paul Edwards
Play Your Cards Right by Dr. Jason Annan
Staffing Up by Jay Geier
Dentally Incorrect
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