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Employment Termination Guidelines

Terminations are difficult.  Not only is the execution of the meeting itself difficult, but managing the risk of a termination requires significant research and due diligence.  Depending on the circumstances, it can be an emotional and stressful process for the people responsible for making the decision and conducting the termination meeting.  It is important that leaders and HR professionals are intentional in their preparation of termination documents and meetings to ensure that, despite it being a difficult situation, the employee leaving the organization is treated with dignity and respect throughout the process.

*This document has been designed to act as a guideline for terminations.  Please be advised that while this document provides guidelines on the actions required to effectively terminate an employee’s employment, each termination is different with its own unique risks and may require additional steps (consideration for provincial and federal employment standards as well as case law). It is important that organizations consult a Human Resources Professional and/or obtain Legal Counsel prior to terminating an employee.

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