What are Best Practices for Firing an Employee?
There are a limited number of things you must do when firing an employee in Massachusetts, but also some things you should do.
Pay all final wages, commissions and unused vacation time and provide information about applying for unemployment. Note that if it is a termination (not a resignation) these things must be done on the last day of work.
Be honest and respectful with the employee in the termination conversation. They should know basically why they are being let go, but you do not need to pile on with complaints and criticisms.
Consult with an attorney before the termination if you have any concern about legal exposure from that employee.
Consider offering a modest severance, both to cushion the blow and also to obtain a release of claims so that it can be a clean break.
Learn more here about how to handle an employment termination.
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