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How to Fire a Employee: Best Practices for Legal and Ethical Terminations

60 Minutes
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When firing an employee, it is important to understand at-will-employment and labor law violations. In general, at-will-employment means that either the employer or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason (or no reason at all).

However, there are some exceptions to at-will-employment, including when an employee is fired in violation of labor law. Some common labor law violations include firing employees for whistleblowing or for refusing to do something illegal. If you are considering firing an employee, this course will give you some practices and strategies to implement before consulting an attorney, making building your legal strategy must more effective.

Why should you Attend: Attending this webinar on how to fire an employee legally can be beneficial for several reasons. Firstly, as an employer or a manager, it is crucial to be aware of the legal and ethical considerations involved in the termination process to avoid any potential legal issues or lawsuits.

Secondly, this course can provide valuable insights into the best practices for conducting a termination meeting, communicating with the employee, and handling potential reactions and emotions.

Lastly, attending this session can help improve your leadership skills and help you create a positive workplace culture by demonstrating respect and fairness towards employees even in challenging situations like termination.

Overall, attending this webinar can provide valuable knowledge and skills that can benefit both the employer and the employee in the long run, making it a worthwhile investment of time and resources.

Areas Covered in the Session: This 1-hour webinar is designed for employers, managers, and HR professionals who want to learn how to conduct legal and ethical terminations while avoiding potential legal issues and lawsuits. The webinar will cover key topics such as the legal considerations involved in the termination process, how to communicate effectively with the employee being terminated, and best practices for handling the aftermath of a termination.

In this webinar, participants will learn:
  • The legal considerations involved in the termination process including federal and state laws related to discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination
  • Best practices for conducting a termination meeting, including how to communicate the reasons for termination clearly and respectfully
  • Strategies for managing potential reactions and emotions from the employee being terminated, including tips for handling difficult conversations and maintaining professionalism
  • Ways to minimize the impact of a termination on the remaining employees and the overall workplace culture
  • In addition, the webinar will include a discussion of the recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that has changed the game for businesses. The ruling, which took effect in February 2023, impacts the use of confidentiality agreements and anti-disparaging clauses. This ruling has significant implications for employers and managers who need to understand how to navigate these changes while still maintaining their legal and ethical obligations
  • By the end of the webinar, participants will have a better understanding of how to conduct legal and ethical terminations while minimizing the risk of potential legal issues and lawsuits. They will also be equipped with the knowledge and tools to handle the aftermath of termination in a respectful and professional manner, ultimately contributing to a positive workplace culture

Who Will Benefit:
  • Risk Assessors
  • Human Resources Personnel
  • CEOs
  • Supervisors

Brenda Neckvatal is an international award-winning HR professional and two time Best Selling Author. Not only does she help business leaders get the people side of their business right, she is a specialist in crisis management, government contracting HR compliance, and mentor to rising entrepreneurs, business leaders, HR champions and professionals. Brenda has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Inc, as well as US News and World Reports. She started as an HR sprout after a solid fourteen-year career in retail management. She really enjoys helping people solve their unique problems, and human resources offered her the ability to support her co-workers more. Having the benefit of working for six Fortune 500 companies, she converted her experience into advising her audience to use tried and trusted best practices that help small businesses achieve their workforce goals. In her combined 30-year career in human resources and business, she has consulted with over 500 small businesses and C-suite leaders. She has optimized employee effectiveness and helped mitigate the high costs associated with making hasty employment-related decisions. She has been involved with employee situations where they have engaged in workplace violence, a near stabbing, deliberately inciting fear in other coworkers, stalking women, breaches of protocol around national security, assault, suicide, death, homicide, and a potential active shooter. Brenda is a devoted volunteer in the Navy SEAL Community and is constantly finding new ways of supporting veterans of Naval Special Warfare. She dedicates 32 weeks a year to working with The Honor Foundation to support the career transition of Special Forces personnel by providing them with her knowledge, insight, and creativity. Perseverance, integrity, and relentless optimism are just a few of the ingredients that make up what you experience when meeting and working with Brenda.

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