Jobs come and go. It’s the nature of our economy to deal with employee termination. But when this occurs, it is our job to resolve the situation fairly and efficiently. For over twenty years, MacLeod Law Firm has been advising employers and employees as well as mediating wrongful dismissal actions.
Employers decide to terminate employees for all kinds of reasons. Ideally, our employer clients seek advice before an employee is terminated. In some cases, we talk about whether employee conduct constitutes just cause. If just cause does not exist, we talk about how much notice of termination the employee should receive. We talk about how termination pay should be structured. We talk about whether it makes sense to provide a reference and/or outplacement counseling to the terminated employee. We talk about what to say at the termination meeting. Effective communication is the key and what is said at this meeting can reduce termination costs.
From the employees’ perspective, being fired is a disorienting and often traumatic experience. When employees contact us they often sense that they will be terminated. We talk about how to best prepare and position the employee for the termination. If the termination was not anticipated, we will talk about whether a severance package is fair. For answers to 20 commonly asked questions, click here. If the offer is not fair then we will negotiate better terms of settlement. If this involves litigation, we will represent you in court.
Finally, lawyers hire Doug MacLeod as a mediator in wrongful dismissal disputes. Because he represent both employers and employees, he is impartial. Most wrongful dismissal cases settle before trial. Mediation is a tool that can facilitate settlement at any stage of the litigation process. It can even be used effectively before a wrongful dismissal action has commenced.
There you have it. Whether you are terminating an employee, or need someone to review a severance package, or you need a mediator for a wrongful dismissal case, MacLeod Law Firm is here to help and can be reached at [email protected] or at 1-888-640-1728
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