NLRB's At-Will Employment Guidance Brings Welcome Clarity

Law360, New York (October 31, 2012, 8:24 PM EDT) -- The National Labor Relations Board's acting general counsel issued advice memos Wednesday concluding at-will employment clauses in two employee handbooks did not violate labor law, a move lawyers say brings needed guidance on a topic that's recently stirred up concern. 

The question of whether at-will employment disclaimers — common provisions in employee handbooks — may violate labor law has been generating attention and controversy since an NLRB judge found an American Red Cross unit's disclaimer unlawfully broad in February.

That ruling, along with a subsequent NLRB complaint issued against Hyatt Hotels Corp., stoked worries that it would become a trend for...

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