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Hello and thank you for using the Just Answer website. Employment is at-will meaning that you as an employer can terminate anyone at any time for any reason unless they had a written employment contract and as long as you are not firing them due to their race, gender, disability ,religion, marital status, etc. When an employee is not performing, however, it is always good to keep records on when the employee was talked to, warned, disciplined, etc and what mistakes or errors the employee has made.
The kind of conversation you have is going to depend on the individual and your relationship with the individual. You can say anything you want so long as it is not illegal, i.e. so long as you are not telling them that they are fired because of their race, gender, national origin, etc. I would simply tell them that they are being terminated and you can choose to tell them why or not. You are not required to give them a reason. Always best to keep it simple.
No, you are not required to give a reason. You are free to give him one though. It is ultimately up to you. It is always best to document, document, document. You are not required to hand over any business information to your employees.
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