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At_Will_Employment

At_Will_Employment - At-Will Employment At-will employment...

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At-Will Employment At-will employment is an employment relationship in which either party can terminate the employment relationship at-will with no liability if there was not an express contract for a definite term governing the employment relationship. Although at-will employment allows an employee to quit for no reason it is most often invoked when an employer wants to fire an employee at any time for any reason or no reason. At-will employment is a creation of U.S. law. Under English common law, an indefinite term of employment was presumed to be for one year. The at-will rule has its genesis in a rule in Horace Gay Wood’s 1877 treatise on master servant relations. Wood cited four U.S. cases as authority for his rule that when a hiring was indefinite the burden of proof was on the servant to prove that an indefinite employment term was for one year. In Toussaint the Court noted “…Wood’s rule was quickly cited as authority for another proposition. Some courts saw the
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