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Howard Tarkow is quoted on employment law in Twin Cities Business

April 4, 2006

In the April 2006 issue of Twin Cities Business, Maslon attorney Howard Tarkow discusses some steps that employers can take to prevent legal troubles when terminating employees.

In the six-page article "An Ounce of Prevention: When it comes to workplace law, a little information can head off a lot of trouble" by Ingrid Case, Tarkow is quoted saying "you can go a long way toward avoiding disruptive and costly legal claims if you send the person on his or her way with a reasonable chance to maintain some dignity."

Tarkow goes on to say that one way for employers to do this is to offer severance packages to cover items such as salary or pay continuation, employer-paid health insurance, a promise not to contest unemployment benefits, and pay for outplacement counseling. There may be other items of value that an employee will want and can be provided. Such offers when conditioned on a waiver of legal claims may help employers avoid legal battles, Tarkow explains. He also discusses the value of having written policies and procedures for how the company handles discipline and dismissal decisions.

Tarkow is a partner at Maslon with more than 20 years of experience representing employers in all types of workplace claims and matters.

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