A family-owned and operated business is quite a bit different than other businesses due to the additional complexity of business and personal relationships. However, in some areas, a family-owned business is exactly the same. There are some do's and don'ts to laying people off.   First "don't": Don't over-react to poor employees on the way out.

Going down a checklist will mitigate most legal issues with laying people off- even if they are family.

  1. Are they an at-will employee or a contractor?  
  2. Are they disabled?
  3. Did you give them proper notice and time?
  4. Did you give them a good reason?

Read about some more about things to think before that termination conversation takes place, as written in the FindLaw Small Business Law Blog

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