We need to terminate an employee due to poor performance. Should we give them a letter outlining why we are terminating them?


There is no federal requirement for employers to provide written notice about why someone is being terminated, but we do recommend providing written notice as best practice. This reduces the likelihood of the terminated employee spinning up their own (possibly illegal) reason for the termination and then claiming there is no documentation to the contrary.

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This Q&A does not constitute legal advice and does not address state or local law.

Answer from Daniel, SHRM-CP