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Credit unions continue to evolve to meet member needs and economic pressures in an ever-changing and competitive environment. Mergers and consolidations, new technologies, shifting member needs and budget issues often require a consolidation of positions or restructure of the workforce resulting in the termination of employees who are otherwise good performers. In addition to the emotional strain and negative impact on morale that accompanies such terminations, employers need to tread carefully to avoid or mitigate the risk of litigation.

Proper planning to reach decisions that will withstand the scrutiny of a government agency, court or jury requires time. Rushed decisions often result in legal claims that can be challenging to defend. Outlined below are several of the key steps that should be considered if a consolidation or restructure will result in job losses in your credit union’s future.

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