Employee Issues – Evaluations, Investigations and Terminations

Aspire’s knowledge of HR is very deep, humane, and professional.

Norm Goldstein

CEO, By Kids For Kids

Employee issues surface in every company. Whether you have an employee who is underperforming or disruptive, a difficult disciplinary decision or termination, or there is a serious allegation of harassment or discrimination, you have to handle the situation in the right way to protect yourself legally and maintain your company’s integrity.  Contact Us

Underperforming Employee

In business, every employee counts – all must pull their weight for the company to be successful.  But in reality, that often does not happen.  Just as often, the situation is ignored until it can’t be ignored any longer.  That is where we can add value.  As a third party, we have the experience and objectivity to come into any situation where “a conversation needs to be had.”  We will work with you to identify poor performers, identify areas of concern and areas for improvement, create decision points and success criteria, and facilitate the critical conversations that need to take place for everyone concerned. Contact Us

Add On:  Does your business have a performance management system in place?  Clients often have us create a performance management system for them, realizing that this important process cannot be ignored, and actually creates a path to improved communication.

Discipline and Termination

Employees who underperform are usually best addressed through performance evaluations.  But sometimes, employees violate policies, putting the company at risk.  In those cases, a system of progressive discipline, up to and including termination of employment, is the best option.  We will guide you through this difficult process, making sure that your business is handling discipline in a proper, non-discriminatory, legally defensible way, to minimize the risk of post-employment lawsuits and claims.  Contact Us

Add On:  The cornerstone of protecting your company from employee issues is a customized Employee Handbook.  We have created hundreds of Custom Employee Handbooks that fit our clients’ culture, clearly communicates company policies and legally protects their business.  Read more about our customized Employee Handbook service here.

Harassment or Discrimination 

Harassment or discrimination in the workplace is illegal, yet an increasing number of employee lawsuits have been filed in recent years.  The first step in dealing with this issue is to have a proper Employee Handbook policy.  Second, you must take any allegation very seriously and react promptly.  That is where we come in.  We are experienced investigators of harassment and discrimination claims, and are trusted by employment attorneys to provide professional investigations.  We will interview the complainant, the accused, and all witnesses, weigh the evidence, and give you a confidential, written report with interview summaries and our conclusions and recommendations.  Contact Us

Add On:  Clients often ask that we provide management training in the areas of harassment and non-discrimination.  Our HR pros will provide information packed, interactive training seminars for your staff.

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