When it comes time to end a nanny’s employment, start preparing as soon you see signs that things are not working out. Document any performance issues in writing, along with proof that you communicated those issues to the nanny. By creating a paper trail, you’ll make it easier if you ever need to fight a case for wrongful termination.

Having the nanny sign a release in exchange for a small severance can also help alleviate potential issues. Be aware, however, that an employee cannot waive their rights to wage and hour claims.

The author, Mark Chatow of Chatow Law, practices business law in Newport Beach, California.