The End Of At-Will Employment

Law360, New York (October 14, 2016, 1:23 PM EDT) -- For over 150 years, the United States has been "the only industrialized country that has continuously adhered to a rule that indefinite term employment contracts should be construed as at-will."[1] In other countries, employers must have a good reason to fire employees, provide notice or give severance pay (or provide some combination of these employee benefits).

From a judicial perspective, the hallmark of at-will employment is that courts cannot review the employer's decision to fire an employee. This is true because a court has nothing to review if an employer may fire an employee for any reason, even if that reason...

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