When employers say they want to avoid unemployment claims, what they really mean is: “how do I avoid having to pay out unemployment claims?” There are actions employers can take to better their odds of winning the claim. It’s much more difficult without having laid the groundwork.
Avoiding unemployment claims begins long before the claim ever hits your desk.
There are six proactive things employers should do to avoid unemployment claims:
4. Resist Firing Employees Without Reasonable Warning
Employers better their chances to win an Unemployment claim if:
Management can prove that the employee knew or should have known that the behavior would result in immediate termination.
In situations where an employee must be removed from the workplace for safety or legal reasons. An employer’s priority is protecting your employees, customers and business.
5. Communicate Often With Employees
To be eligible for unemployment benefits, an employee must lose the job through no fault of his or her own.
6. Document, Document, Document
Have you heard the saying: “If it’s not in writing, it didn’t happen?”
This is true, in unemployment disputes, where it often comes down to your word against the former employee’s. Proper documentation puts proof on your side and can make all the difference in a hearing.
Get it all in writing:
Get documents signed to show that the employee reviewed and understood the information.