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WilmerHale Partners Josh Fox and Laura Schneider and Counsel Ariella Feingold recently explored common employment law issues and what you can do now to minimize the risk of expensive legal headaches down the road. They also shared six things that startups need to know about hiring your first employees and letting them go when necessary.

Most companies will eventually face the unpleasant task of terminating an employee or group of employees. When they do, it’s critical that they follow best practices and comply with applicable laws for many reasons, ranging from maintaining employee morale to minimizing legal risk. As a founder, here are some of the steps you should take when faced with a potential employee termination.