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What are different ways an employer may terminate you?

On Behalf of | Oct 27, 2022 | Employment Contracts, Employment Law

An employment contract spells out the conditions of your employment. It should also describe how your time as an employee can end. If your contract includes termination clauses, it can be worth it to examine them carefully. You should know how your workplace superiors might part ways with you.

Clear termination language may give you peace of mind by helping you understand any risks to your job. You could also learn what compensation you will receive. Inc explains three different ways a workplace may end your employment.

Convenient termination

Your contract may state that your employer can fire you for any reason. Workplaces may do so provided they do not violate civil rights laws. Still, your contract may require your workplace to give you a complete severance package since you are not leaving of your own accord.

Terminating for a reason

Your contract might require your employer to spell out a cause to fire you. It is important for your contract to be specific about fireable offenses since your employer might sanction you by holding back some of your severance. If you do not commit an offense that qualifies for termination, you may hold your employer accountable if you do lose your job.

A constructive termination

Sometimes a workplace will deconstruct the job of an employee by removing job responsibilities. The worker may end up with few or no duties at all, in essence losing his or her job. A clause may address a situation of constructive termination by letting you stay with the company in another capacity or letting you depart with a severance package.

Given that job terminations can happen in different ways, it is important that your employment contract does not leave events to chance and tells you what you need to know for given situations.