Employment-At-Will Essay

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Workshop Three Assignments Employment –At-Will, Employees Rights, and Future Directions for Employment Managerial Ethics August 23, 2011 The purpose of this paper is to present general information about an attention-grabbing topic on Employment-At-Will. Employment-at-will means that an employee can be terminated at anytime, and for any reason or no reason at all. It also means that an employee can quit without reason. It has been an established principal of common law in this country that an employee who is hired for an unspecified period of time without an employment contract is terminable at-will- by the employer without limitation. One court has said that employers “may dismiss their employees at-will-for good cause, for no cause, or even for cause morally wrong, without being thereby guilty of legal wrong.” Under this rule, employees are correspondingly free to quit at any time and for any reason. Most states such as New York have established the at-will rule in judicial decisions. “It is still settled law in New York that absent an agreement establishing a fixed duration, an employment relationship is presumed to be a hiring at-will, terminable at any time by either party. Employees in the United States are divided into two classes. These two classes are at-will employees and just-cause employees. As we know, the at-will employees can be terminated at any time, and for any reason, or no reason at all. Usually the courts will not interfere to protect the ex-employee from allegedly unfair treatment by the employer. On the other hand, the just cause employees can be dismissed from employment only for a good reason, such as poor job performance by the employee. In contrast to employment-at-will, a contract of employment for a specified period ordinarily may be terminated only for “good cause” or just cause.” Even where there is a

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