Earlier this month, I presented a seminar for Sterling Education Services on “Hiring and Firing Employees.” I tailored the seminar to issues that are most prevalent in today’s current economy.
Hiring and terminations have always been two of the most important aspects of the employment process. Whereas hiring the right employees can definitely enhance your workforce and increase profitability, hiring the wrong employees can oftentimes lead to disastrous results, such as poor productivity, workplace harassment, and unnecessary lawsuits. In addition, there are several legal hurdles and pitfalls involved with the hiring process that employers need to avoid, such as inadvertently placing a job advertisement that could lead to a claim for discrimination.
Terminations are perhaps the most emotional and difficult part of the employment process. Not only are terminations emotionally draining, but any misstep can lead to the former (and disgruntled) employees to file a lawsuit against your company. The recent film, Up in the Air touched on a few of these issues. Although the termination process can be emotionally and legally challenging, by knowing how to handle the process, it makes it a lot easier to go through.
With the current state of the economy, employment related lawsuits are on the rise. As the economy worsens, people get more litigious. Therefore, I recommend that all employers be very careful in the hiring and firing process, and consult their labor and employment attorneys when necessary.