There are many reasons for letting an employee go. You may not feel comfortable with the person in your home. There may be conflict. Perhaps the care provider is not doing what you both agreed on, although you have tried to supervise and correct them. They may bring someone to your home without permission. They may arrive late for work regularly, or miss days without letting you know. Or you may both feel it is not working out well. Other reasons for dismissal might include abuse of drugs or alcohol, excessive use of your telephone or items missing in your home. In general, as an employer you should remain professional.
Dismiss a Care Provider for Legitimate and Appropriate Reasons
When you dismiss your care provider, be sure the person gets paid for hours worked. Do not use the time sheet process in a punitive way. Do not withhold pay for legitimate hours worked, even when you dismiss a care provider. Withholding pay for work done is illegal: a care provider has a legal right to be paid for all hours worked.
It is best if you have already mentioned your concerns about the care provider’s work during supervision and correction. This makes separation easier if things are not working out. Although it is not required, you are encouraged to give them a two-week notice that they will be terminated so that they can make alternative plans for work. Also remember that many care providers are attempting to maintain work hours so that they can qualify or maintain continuity for medical insurance.
Have someone with you when you are dismissing your employee. Ask if there are any of the care provider’s personal belongings in your home. If you have given your care provider a house key, be sure to get it back at this time. (We do not recommend ever giving them a key.)
Promptly call Payroll at (707) 565-2852 to report that you are dismissing the care provider and the last day of employment.
Reasons for Immediate Dismissal
Confront your care provider and ask for their explanation. If you are certain that something of value is missing, call the police.
If you are afraid that your care provider will harm you or you are being physically, sexually, or financially abused, IMMEDIATELY contact the police and Adult Protective Services (APS).
- For Adult Protective Services, call: (707) 565-5940.
- If mistreatment or abuse of a child is involved, contact Child Protective Services (CPS) at: (707) 565-4304.
Do Not Remain in a Abusive Situation!
Call the Registry to report theft or abuse by a Registry referred care provider. This will help the Registry prevent it from happening to another person. <a>
If possible, plan ahead for a replacement. Inform your Registry Coordinator if you need another referral. Remember to give an objective and fair report of the shortcomings of your dismissed care provider.
When the final time sheet arrives, fill it out correctly so that your dismissed worker is paid for work done.