I guess I'll start with a little bit of background: I started my company and initially had my brother and another guy working for me. They helped me get where I am now, in the past four years. Both have been loyal workers, but the other guy has always been a harder worker and more reliable to me than my brother as a laborer. This year I got a second truck and decided to hire a second crew. I ended up hiring two new laborers, and they ended up being really good workers. I mean really good, they pumped out higher quality work at a faster pace. Now that things are starting to slow down, I need to reduce my 4 man crew to three. My original plan was going to be to let one of the newest guys go, but I really can't. The new guys are here as a pair, if I fire one I loose both. I also really want to keep both. So now I have to decide between getting rid of my younger brother, or my most reliable employee of four years. I feel bad because both of these guys helped me build this company, but financially the new workers are my best bet. If I could, I would keep everybody, but in the summer we really slow down and I couldn't pay all four people for the jobs I have this summer. Has anyone had this issue, or have any suggestions as to what I should do?