Dismissal Meeting : Conducting Layoffs

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Dismissal Meeting: Conducting Layoffs Strategic Human Resource Mgt Challenges occur within a company when they are subjected to layoffs and downsizing. Especially those employees that are losing their jobs, it can be challenging and a stressful task for any supervisor or manager. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor in May 2013 confirmed that the national unemployment rate was 7.6 percent. With a rise in unemployment within the United States, it is vital to plan and implement when conducting a dismissal meeting for an effective termination of employees. Dismissal of employees has to provide a valid reasoning, appropriate notice, as well as written and oral reasons. Under the employment-at-will doctrine, it states that “the employer’s right to terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice, as long as the employer is not violating any oral or written contracts, public policy or fair dealing”. Although the doctrine states that employers are able to terminate their relationship with employees at any time, there are laws in which the employees are protected under. According to Title VII, by law it prohibits employers from terminating employment due to race, religion, color, gender or national origin. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) also prohibits employers from terminating employment based on age 40 years or over. Once the
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