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ERIC Number: EJ793496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
Legal Consequences of Employer Discharge Procedures
Joseph, Stephanie
Business Communication Quarterly, v71 n1 p96-99 2008
The employment contract is sometimes misunderstood by both employees and employers. Drafters of employee manuals, policies, and procedures should be aware that the nature of the at-will employment relationship can be transformed into a binding employment contract by the words and phrases chosen. In this article, the author uses the case of Eric, who sued his employer, Otis Accounting, for wrongful termination, to highlight the legal consequences of employer discharge procedures. The author recommends that prior to drafting employee manuals, it is essential that the drafter obtain legal advice and be well versed in the current law in applicable states. Seasoned drafters of such manuals should be careful to document the "at-will" relationship such that the employer retains discretion to terminate for any lawful reason.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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