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Performance Management for a Successful Workforce >
Performance management is a vital part of the employee relationship -- from developing measurable goals and providing regular feedback to conducting targeted reviews and addressing problem areas. Maximize employee commitment and productivity by learning the ins and outs of effective performance management. ​

Avoiding Complications with Employee Separations

Consider All the Legal Angles Before Letting Employees Go

Whether the result of a firing, reduction in force (RIF) or layoff, cutting ties with employees is stressful for everyone involved. Plus, there’s the increased risk of legal disputes if the situation is handled improperly. By carefully planning and managing employee separations, you can limit your legal risk and minimize the organizational pains that come with them.

Firing & Termination
Firing & Termination

Although a difficult aspect of running a business, terminating employees is sometimes necessary. In today’s competitive work world, hanging on to poor performers (or ignoring misconduct) is simply not an option. Understand your rights – and the common mistakes to avoid – to handle terminations with confidence and to keep a firm legal footing.

In this chapter, you'll learn:

  • Unlawful considerations when firing
  • Pre-termination considerations
  • Handling termination meetings
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Conducting Layoffs

Sometimes employees may be terminated through no fault of their own. Economic pressures or changing business needs may require you to reduce your workforce or reorganize. Layoffs can be as difficult for you as the affected employees, and require as much (if not more) planning and legal consideration as any other kind of termination.

In this chapter, you'll learn:

  • Planning and conducting an involuntary layoff
  • The ins and outs of voluntary separation incentive programs
  • Eliminating a job position
  • Mass layoffs and business closures
  • Using separation agreements to avoid liability
Conducting Layoffs