Firing & Separations

How to handle an employee giving 2 weeks’ notice
How to handle an employee giving 2 weeks’ notice

It’s 4:30 on a Friday afternoon and one of your employees knocks on your door asking to come in. They’re avoiding eye contact, they’re fidgety, nervous… This can’t be good news. You imagine accidentally shredded payroll reports, stolen laptops full of patient...

Letting an Employee Go Before The Last Day of Their Resignation
Letting an Employee Go Before The Last Day of Their Resignation

Question: I had an employee give 4-weeks notice that she was leaving. Through online advertising and word of mouth, we found a wonderful new employee almost immediately. The new candidate was available to start work right away, so I ended up letting the original...

Hold Your Fire! Before Terminating an Employee, Ask These Questions
Hold Your Fire! Before Terminating an Employee, Ask These Questions

Since every termination comes with some risk, it’s always wise to slow down and ask some questions first. It’s important to have a legal and documented reason for every termination decision. To help you do that, here are some questions and guidance to bear in mind...

How to Avoid Paying Unemployment Benefits
How to Avoid Paying Unemployment Benefits

It’s a question that comes up often in the CEDR Solution Center: If I fire someone for cause, how can I avoid paying their unemployment insurance benefits? The short answer is that you can’t always prevent an employee from receiving unemployment insurance (UI)...

Final Paycheck and Resignations
Final Paycheck and Resignations

One of the hundreds of unique compliance items we monitor on behalf of our members is the final paycheck rules in your state. They vary widely, however the one absolute commonality is that you can never withhold a final paycheck for any reason. Some states simply...

Is It Poor Performance or a Crisis?
Is It Poor Performance or a Crisis?

Those in the healthcare industry are bound to be ahead of the curve in understanding that mental illness is not a character defect and can be a serious health condition that requires intervention. Despite having a good comprehension of the importance of good mental...

On Her Last (Broken) Leg: Can You Terminate Now?
On Her Last (Broken) Leg: Can You Terminate Now?

“One of my dental employees is on her last leg at the office and coincidentally just today I put an ad out to find a replacement . . . she texted me this evening saying that she hurt her back at the office today putting away water and left early after her back...

How Can You Avoid Paying Unemployment? NOT by Avoiding the Paperwork
How Can You Avoid Paying Unemployment? NOT by Avoiding the Paperwork

I used to joke that you could fire an employee for shooting you in the leg, but unless you could provide video, two witnesses, and a doctor's note at the unemployment hearing, the employee would still win. And this was true whether you had one employee or one hundred....

Terminations and Layoffs: They’re NOT Tomatoes and Tomahtoes!
Terminations and Layoffs: They’re NOT Tomatoes and Tomahtoes!

New: We've added an audio-blog to this post! Check it out for a few quick facts about the differences between firing and laying off an employee. CEDR has a feature article up at DentistryIQ.com. Learn why employee terminations and layoffs are two very different beasts...