NH Legal Perspective: Steps an Employer Can Take to Reduce Risk When Firing an Employee

FIRING AN EMPLOYEE is often an unfortunate but necessary act. Because of the obvious economic consequences for the employee, tensions understandably rise when the news is delivered. The legal landscape continues to change, creating new risks for employers. While most employees are still considered “at-will,” meaning they can be fired at any time with or without cause or a reason, over the last few decades that formerly near absolute employer discretion has been eroded by many state and federal laws and regulations intended to provide greater protection to employees, particularly those that are “whistleblowers.”

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