January 26, 2017
Event Sponsor: McBrayer
Employment Best Practices
"Cutting Loose: Issues in Firing and Severance"
Jaron P. Blandford
Key points from Jaron's session:
- Although Kentucky is an at-will employment state, there are three major public policy exceptions to the rule: contracts with the employee, refusal to commit illegal acts by the employee and discrimination or retaliation in firing.
- The best defense employers have to a wrongful termination claim is to create sufficient documentation that provides an objective and contemporaneous account of employee performance or workplace issues.
- Severance agreements benefit employers by incentivizing employees to waive employment claims, but these must be carefully constructed to comply with various statutes, regulations and basic contract law.