Here are ten quick tips for how to fire an employee:

  1. Pay the employee his or her final wages within the time period required by Minnesota law.
  2. Determine whether the employee needs to be paid for unused vacation or PTO under Minnesota law.
  3. Be prepared to provide notice of the reason for the termination or a copy of the employee’s personnel file if timely requested by the employee.
  4. If the employee is a member of a union, make sure there is just cause for the termination.
  5. If the employee is terminated for misconduct, follow these four tips for explaining the decision to the employee and documenting the termination.
  6. Avoid making inconsistent statements when explaining the reason for the termination.
  7. Follow these six tips if you need to ask the employee to leave the workplace immediately.
  8. If you’re terminating an employee for testing positive on a drug test, make sure to follow the requirements of the Minnesota Drug and Alcohol Testing statute.
  9. Understand whether the employee will be ineligible for unemployment benefits due to employment misconduct and, if not, how that will impact your unemployment taxes.
  10. If you ask the employee to sign a release in exchange for a severance payment, include the 15-day rescission period required by the Minnesota Human Rights Act.