1. 'Permanent employee'
"Employment at-will" is the rule in most states. That means you can fire an employee at any time, for any reason (except an unlawful one), as long as you don't promise a job for a specific period of time. But many managers don't realize that labeling someone a "permanent employee" essentially promises a job for life, or at least until retirement age, and can destroy this at-will status.
Managers often make the mistake of referring to employees as "permanent employees" when the employee passes their probationary period. Advice: Start using the term "regular employee."
Use the term "layoff" only when you end an employment relationship due to lack of work. If you end the relatio...(register to read more)
- Oral promise of long-term job will trump written at-will agreement
- It's an emergency! Can we fire worker whose volunteer firefighting duties cause absences?
- Employee has routine gripe about timekeeping? That's not necessarily protected activity
- No raise = no review; a losing strategy
- If disability affects performance, demotion may be in order