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Informing employees of detrimental actions becoming essential for companies

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A recent report detailed wrongful termination lawsuits and listed numerous ways for companies to avoid them, as costly lawsuits can arise subsequently. However, a recent article from Human Resource Executive Online explained that companies need to inform employees of detrimental actions prior to their termination to avoid similar lawsuits.

The article relays that companies do not need to wait a certain amount of time before letting employees go after warning them, especially as many employees are considered at-will. The at-will doctrine implies that companies can terminate workers for good cause, bad cause or no cause, as the article relays. However, handling an employee's termination in the proper fashion is important to avoid a subsequent lawsuit.

The article explains that companies that give employees too many chances to improve their performances can create the illusion that the workers are no longer at-will. Thus, human resources executives should be brought in to go over company handbooks that clearly state business guidelines and expectations.

In addition to alerting employees to an overall declining work performance, companies should also keep detailed records of the detrimental work to have written support if any case does go to court.

Overall, companies need to be careful with terminations and professional liability, lest they become embroiled in costly lawsuits. 

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