At-Will Employment

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Federal Court in Missouri Holds At-Will Employment Is Not Consideration for Noncompete

The end of the year is an opportune time for employers to make sure their noncompete and arbitration agreements are still valid. A recent Missouri federal court decision underscores how difficult it can be to enforce those...more

"No Contract" Disclaimer in Employee Handbook Upheld by Illinois Court

Employee handbooks have long been a trap for the unwary employer that desires merely to establish a set of rules and policies without undermining an at-will employment relationship with its employees. To avoid establishing...more

You’re Fired! How the At-Will Employment Doctrine Separates the U.S. From Many Foreign Nations

As the United States is transitioning to a new administration led by Donald Trump who will serve as the 45th President of the United States, much of the international community is struggling to come to grips with the global...more

Employer Can Refuse to Pay Commissions After Termination — Under Certain Conditions

Thanks to all who came to our Labor & Employment seminar on Thursday. Our biggest crowd yet. In it, we talked about the importance of offer letters. Marc Herman returns today with a post updating us on a recent Connecticut...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Order Compelling Arbitration Against Non-Signatories Based On “Intertwined Claims” Estoppel

A physician sued several healthcare entities for wrongful termination of employment, negligence, breach of contract, and tortious interference with at-will employment. While two of the defendants were signatories to...more

Differences in Public Policy Can Affect Claims of Wrongful Discharge

Most jurisdictions, including Connecticut, recognize a tort of “wrongful discharge” as an exception to the principle of employment at will. Although employment at will generally allows either the employer or the employee to...more

Restrictive Covenants in Michigan: A Cent, a Peppercorn, or Continued At-Will Employment

A business dispute in Michigan may provide insight into the consideration required to support a noncompete contract restricting future employment. Innovation Ventures, LLC v. Liquid Manufacturing, LLC, No. 150591, Michigan...more

Fifth Circuit Broadens Exceptions to At-Will Employment

On August 8, 2016, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recognized a new public policy exception to the at-will employment doctrine, allowing a former employee to sue his employer for terminating his employment for legally...more

New Decision Allows Employee Suit for Violation of Concealed Handgun Law

Texas and many other states in the South have passed state laws in recent years restricting employers from terminating employees who keep their lawfully-licensed concealed handgun locked in their vehicle. For the most part,...more

Employment Law This Week®: Sexual Orientation Bias, Religious Discrimination, At-Will Employment Provision, Class Arbitration [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Franchisor to Be Considered Statutory Employer? PA Supreme Court to Decide

The far-reaching implications of this decision could change the existing franchise business model. Is a franchisor a statutory employer of its franchisee’s employees? The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board thinks so,...more

Gavel to Gavel: Add a box to your termination checklist

A recent decision from the Oklahoma Supreme Court adds new considerations to the list of items employers should examine before terminating an employee. In Moore v. Warr Acres Nursing Center , the court significantly...more

Busting Employment Law Myths

Employment lawyers get to hear lots of great stories and lots of client opinions. That’s part of why we love our jobs. Many of the stories describe goofy or inappropriate employee behavior – and some include goofy or...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2016 #2

Last week, former FOX News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against her boss, Roger Ailes. Ms. Carlson’s complaint makes a number of allegations, including quid pro quo harassment, and was filed against...more

What Is Termination For Cause?

“At-will” employment is an established legal principle in Connecticut. Most non-unionized Connecticut employers publish a statement to employees, either in an employee handbook or employment application materials or both,...more

No Advance Notice is Required to Terminate At-Will Employment in Virginia

On June 2, 2016, the Virginia Supreme Court resolved a split among the lower courts and the federal district courts in Virginia regarding the notice employers are required to provide at-will employees prior to terminating...more

Amorphous No More – Virginia Defines "Reasonable Notice" of Termination as "Effectual Notice" in the At-Will Employment Context

The Supreme Court of Virginia, in Johnston v. William E. Wood & Associates, Inc., No. 151160 (June 2, 2016), recently answered the question of what constitutes "reasonable notice" for terminating an at-will employee. The...more

Attorney General Madigan Sues Jimmy John’s over Non-Compete Agreements

On Wednesday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit against fast-food franchisor Jimmy John’s and several Jimmy John’s franchisees operating in Illinois claiming that Jimmy John’s and its franchises unlawfully...more

Update Your Employee Termination Review Checklist

On March 8, 2016, the Oklahoma Supreme Court significantly expanded the reach of the infamous Burk public policy wrongful discharge tort claim in Moore v. Warr Acres Nursing Center, LLC, 2016 OK 28. Here’s the key takeaway...more

Hiring Your Team: Defining The Terms And Conditions Of Employment

If you have selected a candidate for employment, you can reduce legal risks by clearly defining the terms and conditions of employment in an offer letter. Below are some tips for drafting an effective offer letter. What...more

Wrongful discharge – alive and well in Oklahoma

It’s been awhile since Oklahoma’s Supreme Court weighed in on the ability of fired employees to sue their employers for wrongful discharge. Now a vomiting nurse gets to take a shot at the nursing center that terminated his...more

Employee terminated despite manual’s assurances against retaliation

It is often said that “a promise is a promise,” but what does that adage mean? A promise is a statement or declaration that a person will or will not do something. In most cases, a promise is not enforceable under the law...more

Retaliation Weigh-in – Don’t Be the Biggest Loser

While watching the Biggest Loser may be entertaining or even inspiring, dealing with an overweight employee may be a human resources nightmare. A person’s weight is a delicate topic in almost any conversation. When an...more

How to Fire a Conspiracy Theorist

Do you have an employee that is a conspiracy theorist? You know, someone like Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy. Tracy is the communications professor that claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre, Boston Marathon...more

Preparing for the Oscars: Can You Retaliate Against Your Worst-Dressed Employees?

The door opens. All eyes turn to watch the smiling woman as she strides across the carpet. Wait, is she wearing what I think she’s wearing? Oh my. What do you do when the outfit your employee is wearing makes your...more

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