How To Conduct A Proper Termination

Last week, several clients did what sometimes needs to be done:  they terminated an employee’s employment.

Some of the reasons for last week’s terminations included:

  • Attendance issues; refusal to adhere to their job description.
  • Alcohol and substance abuse on company property.
  • Complaints from team members and clients about the employee; creating a toxic work environment.

Some points to remember when terminating an employee:

  • Let the employee know of the decision in person, face-to-face.
  • Make certain you have a witness present.
  • If you cannot terminate in person, terminate by phone or Zoom, but do have a witness present.
  • The message to the employee should be short; the decision has been made – there is no need for a detailed explanation.
  • Kansas is a right to work, employee “at will” state, so you do not need to do anything else.
  • Do not provide a termination letter.   It is not required or needed, and to the employee it feels as if they are being terminated twice.  Once is enough.
  • All documentation pertaining to the termination should be placed in the former employee’s personnel file – nowhere else.

If you have questions or concerns about how to conduct a proper termination, please feel free to contact HR Partners anytime for assistance on terminations or for any other HR matter.  (785) 233-7860.

What our clients say...

MRH Insurance Group, Inc.

Ross T. Hendrickson

President
MRH Insurance Group, Inc.

"I want to thank you and your team again at HR Partners for your amazing work in securing a high-quality Customer Service Representative (CSR) for our Topeka MRH Insurance Group office.

Without a doubt, if it were not for your company’s ability to understand the different paths to communicate our need, we would not have been successful in securing, in our opinion, the very best CSR in Topeka. HR Partners was instrumental in providing the strategy to secure such an individual for our company and my workings with each and every member of your team was professional and impressive.

I shall ever be grateful for your assistance in helping our company grow in Topeka and northeast Kansas by securing the right MRH Team Member for our operation."