HealthDay News — Physicians should be aware of the correct protocol for, as well as the laws involved in, firing employees, according to a report published in Medical Economics.

The article suggests compiling an employee handbook, which details practice policies and includes a section on termination. Before writing, advice should be sought from an employment attorney. Each employee should be given the book and asked if they understand and/or have questions. Expectations should be laid out clearly from the beginning.

If a staff member seems not to be a good fit, they likely are not; even if a person is only a few weeks into their probationary period, steps can be taken to deal with the problem. Poor employees should be fired; otherwise, they can drive away better employees. Employees should understand that non-work obligations should not affect their work. Noting that state employment laws vary depending on the number of employees, practices should be aware of the basic employment laws in their state. An employee should never be fired without a witness. Furthermore, employees should not be terminated over the phone.

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“Remember, anything you say can be used against you,” Andrew Halley of Halley Consulting Group, LLC., said in the article. “However unfair it may seem, the former employee gets to say whatever they want, but we should never retaliate or air our complaints about the former employee.”

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