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Tips and Tricks for Legally Terminating an Employee

 

Understand the law, and learn best practices that will protect you from facing legal actions brought by terminated employees.

Many employers face liability when they terminate employees because they have not engaged in best practices from day one. Instead of understanding that all relationships can and often do come to an end and planning for the end at the beginning, employers instead consider employment in a more piecemeal approach, which often leaves them exposed to liability when the employment relationship comes to an end. Employers that have a clear understanding of the employment relationship from the onset of the working relationship (and even before that point) understand the employment laws at play and set clear policies and practices for their workplace. These employers see fewer lawsuits, can defend them when they do arise, and can peacefully terminate employees in a way to give all parties closure and the ability to move on. This topic will provide you with an understanding of the employment relationship at all stages, the applicable laws, best practices before, during, and after employment, how to conduct termination meetings, and the art of documentation.

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Stephanie K. Rawitt

Stephanie K. Rawitt

Stephanie K. Rawitt, Attorney at Law

  • Member at Clark Hill PLC
  • Provides legal services and advice on employment matters to a variety of clients, including hospitals, medical practices, retirement communities, assisted living facilities, home health care companies, public entities, nonprofit organizations, private businesses, colleges, universities, and corporations
  • She works specifically with human resources departments to create, manage, and maintain the most current employment policies and procedures, ensuring that companies are in compliance with ever-changing federal, state, and local laws
  • Counsels employers on issues concerning statutory compliance with employment laws, such as the ADA, Title VII, the ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, Form I-9 compliance, and state wage laws
  • As part of her advisory service, she offers training programs on a full range of employment matters, as well as assistance to personnel management on a variety of workplace issues
  • Counsels employers through workplace investigations in both a state and federal capacity for various administrative agencies, such as the EEOC and PHRC
  • Has significant experience in handling employment-related liability matters, including wage and hour claims, wrongful termination, grievance claims, discrimination, sexual harassment, federal civil rights claims, federal and state statutory claims (Title VII, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, PHRA), and related tort claims
  • J.D. degree, Northeastern University School of Law; B.A. degree, cum laude, Syracuse University

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