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employee termination in Illinois, Arlington Heights business lawyersEmployee termination is never an easy task, even when the grounds for firing are legitimate and indisputable. Letting a team member go can stir up a number of mixed feelings amongst your staff and can prove to be difficult for the person being terminated as well as the management team involved in the termination process.

Although conflict is inevitable in the workplace, as an employer it is important to reduce tension and prevent any problems before they arise whenever possible. Being prepared and knowledgeable about proper business etiquette and legal requirements can go a long way when you are given no choice but to let someone go.

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MelissaAccording to a census taken in 2007, about 3.7 million American businesses are owned by a husband and wife. This can be great—until they decide to get a divorce. This happens more than people might think. This article from the New York Times talked to multiple couples who had to deal with this predicament, and came up with a few key points to help.

It’s especially crucial that the divorcing couples reassure employees that their jobs are still secure, and they won’t be asked to choose sides. The husband and wife should try to keep their personal issues out of the office. Therapy should also be seriously considered. Even if the divorce is amicable, there could still be a lot of tension from any unresolved issues.

Terri Allen, who works with her ex-husband at an accounting firm, claims that therapy helped both of them work through problems, allowing them to continue working together. "It helped us learn how to talk to each other in a calm and rational way," she says, also stating that eventually they learned to respect each other and their opinions in the workplace.

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