Firing? Never blast the departing employee

  • November 02, 2015

When announcing a termination, make sure no one says anything that’s potentially defamatory. Keep the announcement professional and don’t make gratuitous...

Don’t fire EAP counselor for backing worker

  • September 01, 2015

Most employers outsource employee assistance plans, which offer confidential counseling to help workers deal with personal problems, work-related stress and other...

Hershey Med settles with fired cancer surgeon

  • June 27, 2015

The Penn State Hershey Medical Center has agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging that a cancer surgeon was fired in retaliation for defending the rights of his secretary,...

Be sure to document justification for RIF

  • April 20, 2015

While you may not want to share the information with your employees as you prepare for a reduction in force, be sure to document the reasons. That’s especially...

Terminations: 6 biggest mistakes

  • March 26, 2015

First impressions are important. But when it comes to preventing employment lawsuits, it’s typically the last impression that employees have at work that matters...

Trying to drive out employee can backfire

  • March 05, 2015

Efforts to make life so miserable for an employee that she quits can come back to haunt you. It could be seen as retaliation—even if the employee never quits.

Firing whistle-blower? Prepare for court

  • November 03, 2014

Generally, Pennsylvania employees who aren’t union members or don’t have a written employment agreement are at-will employees who can be fired for any...

Mandatory retirement: Is it ever legal?

  • September 17, 2014

You’ve got some older employees in your workplace, and while they’ve provided excellent service over the years, you’re now wondering if they’re...

Handle a hostile termination

  • August 01, 2014

Being fired isn’t an easy thing for employees to handle. With emotions running high, some situations escalate quickly. Be prepared to handle emotional outbursts.