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Letting an Employee go procedure

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We have an employee that just reached his 90 days and is eligible for benefits, he just asked for the paperwork and I gave it to him. However it just came to my attention that we will probably have to let him go because the department he is in is cutting back for the season, very slow. My question is what is the law on the medical insurance aspect, could there be reprocutions from letting him go right as his medical insurance is due to him? What would be the best way to handle this????

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As long as he's not a member of a union with a CBA, or has a bona fide employment contract, or is a civil servant subject to statutory employment, he is an "at will" employee and you can let him go for any reason or no reason at all as long as it's not in violation of anti-discrimination laws.

As for the medical insurance, if he was eligible for coverage on the 91st day then he might be eligible for continuation of coverage under COBRA. Check the DOL's website to see how that works and make sure you follow the rules.

http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/health-plans/cobra.htm

As for how you handle letting him go, you do it like any other employer would do it, sit him down and tell him you're letting him go. Employers do it all the time. If you feel you have to justify it with the "cutting back" excuse, that's up to you.

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