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Termination Letter in Florida

Do I need to give a termination letter in Florida?

There is no law in Florida that requires an employer to provide an employee with a termination letter or even a reason for the termination.

Whether a termination letter should be provided is debatable.

Some HR/legal professionals recommend not providing a termination letter since the employer may unknowingly provide information proving the termination was unwarranted or unlawful. Such a letter would expose the employer to claims of wrongful discharge or support an individual’s claim for unemployment benefits.

It’s still more common to provide a termination letter since a properly worded letter can actually be beneficial. Providing a termination letter with the reason for the termination can prevent allegations that the termination was for an unlawful cause and prove useful at unemployment hearings.

Keep termination letters professional and objective. Don’t include opinions, drawn out examples of the reason for the termination, or any personal characteristics. Briefly state the reason for the termination i.e. violation of attendance policy, failure to meet performance standards, stealing etc… Use company letter head and include the effective date of the termination.

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