Best Practices for Terminating the Employment Relationship, Minimizing Legal Risk and Avoiding Litigation

January 24, 2023

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This program will consist of a substantive presentation followed by a question and answer period. To ensure that questions are answered, attendees are encouraged to submit their questions in advance of this webinar.

For many managers, the decision to terminate an employee is one of the most difficult and unpleasant challenges they face in performing their job. Regardless of how justified or necessary letting someone go may be, it is rarely an easy task. Not only are terminations stressful and emotionally taxing, they require managers to walk a path filled with legal landmines which, if detonated, can expose the organization to substantial risk and liability.

Fortunately, businesses can significantly minimize their potential legal exposure by avoiding common pitfalls. This process starts with laying the proper groundwork from the employee’s very first day on the job. It requires setting quantifiable and objective benchmarks; annually updating job descriptions to more accurately reflect the tasks the employee is performing at that time; consistently enforcing workplace policies; implementing a progressive discipline framework; documenting performance-related conversations; establishing channels of communication and feedback; and more. The later a business waits to begin planning a termination, the higher the probability that the termination will result in the employee pursuing legal action.

In this webinar, we will discuss the steps you can take to reduce your organization’s legal risk when terminating an employee. Specifically, we will guide you through the best practices for minimizing potential legal action such as wrongful termination and retaliation claims. We will also help you navigate common issues that arise during the termination process. And, we will discuss how you can use severance agreements to completely avoid litigation.

Please note: This webinar is offered as a complimentary product to all Employment Law and Human Resources Compliance and Training Package holders. For more information on the training package, click here or Contact Us.

Target Audience

  • Human Resources Managers and Staff
  • “C-Suite” Leadership: CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, COOs, and CCOs
  • Directors and Supervisors
  • Compliance Officers
  • Risk Managers
  • In-House Legal Counsel

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify the common pitfalls that organizations should avoid during the termination process in order to avoid wrongful termination actions
  • Identify the best practices that organizations should follow for minimizing risks arising from termination
  • Ensure that your organization’s policies are properly drafted, implemented, and enforced to reduce termination issues
  • Understand how job descriptions, communication, and progressive discipline systems can simplify the termination process
  • Identify the best practices for documenting terminations and informing an employee of a termination decision
  • Understand how to draft effective severance agreements to avoid lawsuits
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
01/24/2023 - 1:00pm EST
Event ends: 
01/24/2023 - 2:30pm EST

H. Scott Johnson Jr.

As of September 2023, H. Scott Johnson is no longer with the firm.

H. Scott Johnson Jr. is Senior Counsel with the firm in the Employment Law, Government Contracts, Litigation, Federal Grants, and Health Care practice groups. Scott maintains an active practice advising business and institutional clients on employment matters, commercial agreements, government contracts, and risk management. In addition to his corporate practice, Scott is also well-regarded for his employment and complex civil litigation practice. His complex civil litigation experience includes representing businesses in a wide variety of contract disputes and business torts including tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy, defamation, fraud, and misappropriation of trade secrets. 

Professional Development Credits (PDC)

Participants can earn up to 1.5 PDCs.

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

Participants can earn up to 1.80 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


If you purchase CPE credit for this webinar you must satisfy the following conditions in order to receive your certificate:

  1. Answer at least of the 8 polling questions during the webinar
  2. Complete the evaluation survey after the conclusion of the webinar or in the follow-up email

Upon completion of these requirements, FTLF will email you your CPE Certificate within seven (7) business days.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: Human Resources Managers and Staff, CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, COOs, and CCOs, Directors and Supervisors, Compliance Officers, Risk Managers, In-House Legal Counsel 
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
  • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to six (6) out of eight (8) polling questions.

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website (formerly

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Certificate of Attendance


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This program will consist of a substantive presentation followed by a question and answer period. To ensure that questions are answered, attendees are encouraged to submit their questions in advance of this webinar.

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