Chapter Review 1. The traditional common law rule of employment provided that an employee at will could be fired for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all. 2. The National Labor Relations Act prohibits employers from penalizing workers for union activity. 3. The Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for childbirth, adoption, or medical emergencies for themselves or a family member. 4. An employer who fires a worker for a bad reason is liable under a theory of wrongful discharge. 5. Generally, an employee may not be fired for refusing to break the law, exercising a legal right, or performing a legal duty. 6. Whistleblowers receive some protection under both federal and state laws. 7. Oral promises made during the hiring process may be enforceable, even if not approved by the company’s top executives. An employee handbook may create a contract.
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