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For many small business owners, terminating employees is among the hardest parts of the job. But, it’s one that can’t be avoided. Sometimes, the termination is due to a downturn in business and a consolidation of work among fewer employees. Sometimes, it’s a result of an employee simply not achieving your expected level of productivity, attitude or behavior. In either situation, it may not be easy for you or your employee.

There is a right way and a wrong way to terminate an employee. If it is performed the right way, you stand a good chance of maintaining a relationship with the employee after he or she recovers from the shock of the termination. If it is performed the wrong way, the termination may send the employee directly to a lawyer.

All terminations should be conducted with prior planning, speed and compassion. From the moment that you tell your employee that their employment is being terminated, you should expect that their brain will stop processing the details of your meeting. As a result, you should provide your employee with paperwork that summarizes your termination meeting and explains the employee’s post-employment rights and obligations.

Unfortunately, the lawyers at DailyGC™ have had lots and lots of experience terminating employees. Fortunately, they can provide you with the benefit of their experience so that your employment terminations are done the right way, as painlessly as possible for you and your employee, and minimizing the likelihood of post-employment legal claims.

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At DailyGC, we provide legal advice and counsel on the full range of legal problems and legal-related business issues that small businesses and startups routinely face in their management, sales, operations and administration. The following are examples of these kinds of problems. You may use these descriptions on your Priority Issues Identifier Form� or you may write your own descriptions.
Business Contracts and Relations:
� Customer Contracts and Disputes
� Vendor Contracts and Disputes
� Collections
� Bank/Lender Relations and Issues
� Landlord/Tenant Relations and Issues
� Bonding/Insurance
� Nondisclosure and Confidentiality Agreements
� Procurement and Management of Outside Counsel
� Recruiting/Hiring Practices
� Employment Agreements
� Employee Compensation and Benefits
� Employee Manuals, Policies and Procedures
� Compliance with Government-Required Benefits Programs
� Payroll Compliance with Court Orders
� Discrimination and Harassment Claims
� Management and Discipline of Problem Employees
� Terminations
� Unemployment Insurance Claims
� COBRA Procedures
� Hiring Independent Contractors
Dispute Resolution:
� Case Analysis and Assessment
� Mediation/Arbitration
� Strategies for Litigation, Discovery and Negotiation
� Settlement Analysis
General Corporate:
� Entity formation
� Corporate Governance and Record-Keeping
� Shareholder Relations
� Compliance with Governmental Regulations
� Compliance with Corporate Contractual Obligations
� Contract Review, Analysis and Negotiation Coaching