Originally Posted by Slug71
Yeh I think a warning is fair. The employee may have made financial commitments during his employment there. While not your responsibility, those commitments could be related to the job(car, relocation...).
Again, you are expecting it all to be "fair".
It isn't and it isn't going to be so.
Actually, I don't have a business myself, at least not in the sense that you mean.
The business I do though, I do specifically because it doesn't require employees, which was always one of my primary criteria.
Regardless, to survive a business owner must be free to choose employee based on his/her interests.
Again, businesses exist to make a profit for the owner, not to provide employment to anyone.
Trust me, I've been "fired" if you want to think of it that way more times than you probably ever will.
What did I do about it? I went to their competitors and presented to them my ability to help them make a profit.
I demonstrated my ability and willingness to create value.
It's the only thing that ever got me paid. It's the only thing I ever expect to get me paid.