Apress Access

Firing at Will

A Manager's Guide

By Jay Shepherd

  • eBook Price: $20.99
Buy eBook Buy Print Book
Firing at Will shows managers and employers how to do the most difficult part of their jobs—firing employees—while keeping their companies out of trouble.

Full Description

  • Add to Wishlist
  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-3738-9
  • 296 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Publication Date: November 22, 2011
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF

Related Titles

  • Exporting
  • Managing Humans
  • Data Visualization in Excel 2016
  • Salesforce.com Lightning Process Builder and Visual Workflow
  • Getting the Message Across
  • Getting into Data Science
  • Female Innovators at Work
  • IT Through Experiential Learning
  • SAP Business Analytics
Full Description

Firing at Will shows managers and employers how to do the most difficult part of their jobs: firing employees. Written by a leading employment lawyer in a refreshingly unlawyerly style, this guide takes the reader through the always-risky process of letting an employee go. Many employers and managers are afraid to pull the trigger when the employment relationship has broken down, and will postpone the decision by using progressive discipline and performance-improvement plans. However, an employer must be able to unload employees who threaten to undermine the company and its prospects, regardless of the risks involved in a termination. This book explains how to do it, how not to do it, and how to minimize the danger of an expensive employee lawsuit.

No one said being an employer or a manager was easy. Fortunately, knowing how to fire employees will make your job much, much easier in the long run and save you heartache. Firing at Will teaches you what you need to know, without any legalese or boring recitations of statutes and case law. This book is filled with plain-English common sense, based on Jay Shepherd’s 17 years of protecting employers in court. The style is conversational and often irreverent, but the lessons and tips are battle-tested. If you want to be a successful manager or employer—and sleep easier—you need to know how to fire at will.

  • Gives employers and managers real-world advice on how to fire employees
  • Teaches how to keep your company—and yourself—out of expensive employee lawsuits
  • Guides you toward building a workplace where you’ll need to fire fewer employees

What you’ll learn

  • How to make the ultimate decision to fire an employee, and how to carry out that decision
  • The 30 riskiest employees to fire
  • The critical “Retained Dignity” factor, and why you need to keep it as high as possible
  • Why progressive discipline and performance appraisals are ineffectual
  • How your hiring methods and decisions can help you avoid firing employees later
  • How to have “gruntled” employees who wouldn’t dream of suing you

Who this book is for

Firing at Will is a handbook for managers, employers, business owners, human resources professionals, and in-house counsel. Most of these readers will have had very little training in the hows and whens and whys of firing employees. Most people just follow their instincts, often leading to disastrous consequences. For anyone who has the responsibility of hiring and supervising employees, Firing at Will gives guidance and direction to lower the risks of employee terminations.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Hardest Part of Your Job

  1. "At Will" Is Alive and Well
  2. The Freedom to Fire
  3. Risky Business: The Perils of Employee Lawsuits
  4. The 30 Riskiest Employees to Fire
  5. Why Me? The Reasons for Firing
  6. How to Fire an Employee
  7. Retained Dignity
  8. The Paper Trail
  9. Second Chances and PIPs
  10. Sign of the Times: Layoffs
  11. Discrimination Cases: Part 1
  12. Discrimination Cases: Part 2
  13. A Big Payday: Wage Cases
  14. He Said, She Said: Sexual Harassment
  15. Lawyering Up
  16. Throw Out Your Personnel Handbook
  17. Hiring to Avoid Firing
  18. Gruntled Employees
  19. Appendix B: Firing Around the World
  20. Appendix A: Firing Checklist
  21. Appendix C: Sample Documents

If you think that you've found an error in this book, please let us know by emailing to editorial@apress.com . You will find any confirmed erratum below, so you can check if your concern has already been addressed.
No errata are currently published


    1. Building Great Software Engineering Teams


      View Book

    2. APM Best Practices


      View Book

    3. Cloud Capacity Management


      View Book

    4. Beginning Application Lifecycle Management


      View Book