Employment terminations generally fall into two types: voluntary (initiated by the employee) and involuntary (initiated by the company).

Involuntary terminations include those where an employee is fired; for example, for poor performance or violation of company policies.

Involuntary terminations also include terminations due to a layoff, reduction in force, or company reorganization.

A “good” termination involves preparation, planning, and follow through and can benefit both the employee and the company and can reduce the chance of that the termination will result in litigation against the organization.