Complicated Termination Issue - TX
I have an employee that was injured and filed a WC claim two weeks ago. He is a RTW, with restrictions. He believes that his restrictions will be lifted at his appointment tomorrow.
We just found out right now that he used our company gas card to put gas in his wife's car today. He admitted to the theft once he realized he was caught.
We want to terminate him, as we state in our policy that the ee is grounds for termination. If we terminate him before he gets a full release, we will owe him benefits.
If he gets released tomorrow, then we can terminate and not worry, but does anyone have any ideas on how to handle this issue if he doesn't get the full medical release tomorrow?
We don't want to keep a thief on, but see little room to terminate if we will have to pay him benefits.