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10 Steps to Stress-Free, Lawsuit-Free Termination Meetings

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Terminating an employee is probably the hardest thing an HR professional has to do. To handle terminations well, you need to keep calm, communicating your message without escalating the tension or doing something that could create legal liability. Here’s how to retain control over a termination meeting:

1. Be prepared

Terminations trigger more lawsuits than anything else that happens at work. Review the facts ahead of time to make sure the termination decision was sound. Document legitimate business reasons supporting the action. Ensure the termination won’t breach contractual obligations; and that people closest to the situation will confirm the underlying facts. Prepare a meeting script so that when emotions become raw, you can stay on message and cover all the issues that need to be addressed.

2. Determine the best time and place

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