By: Jay Mittelman
Also, update her personnel file with the date she first informed you she was leaving and the date you received the notice from the Job Service.
If there were any witnesses when she told you her reason for leaving, have them sign written statements of what they heard and add those to the file.
As you would with any departing employee, conduct an exit interview to gather valuable information that can help improve your workplace and uncover any hidden reasons people may have for leaving. Have a witness present who can sign a written summary of the interview and put this in the employee’s personnel file.
Among the questions to ask:
Better Yet: Write up an exit interview form with similar questions and have the employee fill in the answers and sign the form. Put the form in her personnel file.
Finally, if you have received a notice that she filed a claim for unemployment benefits, respond by stating she voluntarily quit and be prepared to present your documentation at a hearing.
Fired Employee Owes Money
Federal law requires you to pay your employees what you owe them, deducting only money that you are legally required or legally allowed to take out, such as taxes and Social Security.
State laws vary, so check your state’s regulations. In most states you must have your employee’s written authorization to deduct for debts.