Hiring and Firing in the US

Upon hiring an employee, the first step is to have employees read and sign a Employee Handbook detailing employee rules of conduct, hygiene, dress code, and operations manual.  The next step is to provide adequate training and supervision. Serious shortcomings in performance should be stated in writing and given to the employee.  Jobs well done should be given proper commendation.

Be careful before firing an employee that proper procedures are followed, to avoid legal actions for improper termination or termination without cause.  All warnings leading up to firing should be in writing and all employee warnings should be kept in the employee file.  It is best to have evidence of poor performance, so as to avoid discrimination suits or claims for termination without cause.  Lay-offs made for employer convenience (downsizing) can lead to the employee collecting unemployment insurance for which the employer pays fees.