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Employment-at-Will

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The traditional view of employment is “at the will” of both parties, but particularly of the employer. That is, the employer has the right to dismiss an employee at any time for any cause, or no cause. (This does not apply to Right to Work States.)

An employment contract is not required in hiring an employee. Employment at-will assumes there is no specific contract between the employer and employee, unless it can be shown that the employer provided specific guarantees of employment length.

Be very careful what you write or tell a prospective employee. Do not include any explicit or implied guarantees of employment for a specific time. For example, if you write in a job-offer letter that “you will be employed for 90 days as a probationary employee,” this implies a minimum of 90 days of employment.‚Äč

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