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Employee Termination Checklist

Once an organization has decided to terminate an employee, there are several factors to consider. HR Insider has developed an Employee Termination Checklist to help you understand how employers should navigate termination.

Employee name:  _______________________   


Termination date: _______________________ 

Type of termination


☐ Received employee’s resignation letter. (If verbal resignation, provided employee with a written confirmation of resignation).

☐ Exit interview scheduled.                    ☐ Exit interview completed.


☐ Provided employee with termination letter.

☐ Provided employee with severance agreement if eligible.

☐ Received signed severance agreement.

☐ Provided employee with WARN notice (if applicable).


☐ Provided employee with termination/continuation of employment insurance benefits information (life insurance, supplemental insurance, etc.)

☐ Checked FSA/HSA participation and informed employee of remaining funds and reimbursement deadlines, if applicable.

☐ Checked dependent care FSA participation and informed employee of remaining funds and reimbursement deadlines, if applicable.

☐ Checked PTO balance and informed employee of any remaining PTO and how it will be processed at termination of employment.

☐ Informed employee about retirement plan account options.


☐ Provided notice of policy regarding any outstanding balances for money owed to company (e.g., educational loans/pay advances).

☐ Notified payroll department to process final paycheque.

☐ Informed payroll of any unused but earned PTO amounts due to the employee.

☐ Notified payroll to process severance pay and whether lump sum or salary continuation (if applicable).


☐ Provided written notice to employee of any legal obligations that continue post-employment (e.g., noncompete/confidentiality agreements/employment contracts).


☐ Notified company immigration attorney of termination if employee is on a temporary work visa.


☐ Pulled personnel file to be stored with terminated employee files.

☐ Pulled Tax Forms to be stored with terminated employees’ Tax Forms.

☐ Obtained written authorization from employee to respond to employment verification requests.


☐ Disabled e-mail account.

☐ Removed employee’s name from e-mail group distribution lists; internal/office phone list; website and building directories.

☐ Disabled computer access.

☐ Disabled phone extension.

☐ Disabled voicemail.


☐ Disabled security codes, if necessary.

☐ Changed office mailbox.

☐ Cleaned work area and removed personal belongings.

☐ Collected the following items:

☐ Keys (☐ office ☐ building ☐ desk ☐ file cabinets ☐ other)

☐ ID card

☐ Building access card

☐ Business cards

☐ Nameplate

☐ Name badge

☐ Company cell phone

☐ Laptop

☐ Uniforms

☐ Tools

☐ Other _______________________

Form completed by:____________________________________ Date: _________________