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Another Reason to have an Employee Handbook

There are many good reasons to have a good, frequently updated employee handbook - and very few reasons not to have one, regardless of the size of your business.

One of the most important reasons is to reiterate that you are an 'at-will' employer - meaning an employee can be terminated at any time, and that an employee can quit at any time.

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In Kang v. PB Fasteners, a long-term employee attempted to prove that his longevity at the company implied a contract. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit rejected that claim, in part because the employer¡¯s handbook stated all employment was ¡°at will¡± and that employees could be terminated without cause at the employer¡¯s discretion. The handbook also stated that it was not intended to ¡°alter the at-will status of employment with the company.

Make sure the at-will statement is included in:
  • Your job application (with a signature from the candidate)
  • Your job offer letter
  • And in the Employee Handbook


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