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7 Questions to Ask When Establishing Cause for Disciplining and Terminating Employees


Do your managers know how to discipline or terminate employees while avoiding legal ramifications?

Disciplining and terminating employees is never easy. Many managers struggle to do it properly. To make this process easier, businesses should consider the 7 questions included in this white paper when confronted with an employee that needs to be disciplined or terminated. By asking these questions before disciplining or terminating an employee, you can develop a better response to employee problems and hopefully avoid any legal repercussions.



Rick Alaniz

Rick Alaniz

Alaniz Law & Associates, PLLC

  • Partner in the office of Alaniz and Associates, LLP
  • Has been at the forefront of labor and employment law for over forty years representing employers in a variety of industries
  • Began his legal career in the office of the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSA) as well as the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA), served on the President's Cost of Living Council during the Nixon Administration and also held prominent posts within the National Labor Relations Board, first in Washington, D.C. and later in Minneapolis where he was active in the NLRB's enforcement actions in a five-state Midwestern region
  • A partner and senior partner in private practice since 1977, his experience has only deepened his enthusiasm for labor and employment law and his drive for continued excellence in the field
  • Board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is a member of four state bar associations, and has represented clients in every state of the union as well as Puerto Rico in union organizing matters, collective bargaining, discrimination claims, wage and hour litigation including collective actions, as well as multistate class actions
  • Consistent with his preventative maintenance approach in this era of hyper-regulation of the workplace, he has long been actively involved in preparing and presenting supervisory and managerial training programs for his clients as well as for business groups
  • He firmly believes that educating managers and supervisors about the legal pitfalls in the workplace is critical; such programs are the cornerstone of his philosophy that a lawsuit avoided is better than a lawsuit won
  • Contributes dozens of articles per year on labor and employment law to trade journals and conducts numerous seminars each month for client companies and trade associations across the country

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