Legally Terminating An Employee During Covid

Recorded Session
75 Minutes


    Once the decision to terminate an employee has been made, certain business issues that have legal consequences must be addressed, particularly during the Covid pandemic.  How one addresses terminating an employee may be different depending on the legal status of the employee as well. The participant will learn to recognize the business issues that arise from a termination and how best to address them.  Although this webinar will focus primarily on California rules and laws, basic employment laws at the federal and state level regarding termination of employees will also be covered.

Learning Objectives

    • Determining the Type of Employee Being Terminated (At-Will, Government, Contract).
    • Review of the Company Termination Policy
    • Understanding Federal & State Laws Related to Wrongful Termination
    • Documenting the Employee File to Prepare for Termination
    • How to Inform the Employee of the Termination Decision
    • Severance Pay, Waivers of Legal Rights and Unemployment Claims

Why Should You Attend?

    Although terminating employees is one of the more unpleasant aspects of business management and ownership it is sometime absolutely necessary.  When necessary it should be performed in the most professional and ethical manner possible.  It is important to understand the differences between a layoff, a furlough and a complete termination of employment. The decision to terminate an employee sets into motion a series of duties the employer must handle responsibly in order to afford the most legal protection to the business.

Area Covered

    • Type of Employees and the Issues They Present
    • Employee Termination Policies
    • Risk Analysis
    • Lay-offs vs. Discharge for Cause vs Furloughs
    • When Is It Illegal to Fire An Employee?
    • Documenting Performance Issues
    • Conducting the Legal Review
    • Informing the Employee
    • The Final Paycheck
    • Severance Pay and Unemployment Claims

Who will benefit?

    • Business Owners/Operators
    • HR/Personnel Managers
    • Department or Unit Managers
    • Any Manager or Employee with the responsibility of terminating other employees
Webinar Option
Downloadable Recorded Session
Training CD

Speaker Profile

ins_img Melvin K. Patterson

Melvin K. Patterson, an attorney licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in California, is General Counsel to the Cedrus Group, a family of international financial services firms with offices around the globe. He is a member of the Labor & Employment Section of the California State Bar and has been admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as well as the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. Mr. Patterson is experienced in Labor and Employment litigation and transactional matters in the U.S., Asia and the U.K. He has designed internal …