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Employment-At-Will: A Legal Area that Merits Attention for the Small Business Person

Employment-At-Will: A Legal Area that Merits Attention for the Small Business Person This article acquaints the small business owner/manager with an area showing signs of being an emerging issue in the 1980s. Traditional common law interpretation held that an employer has the right to discharge workers “at-will.”However, recent court decisions and legislation have begun to change this long-held right. The results of successful employee suits can mean large cash awards to a former discharged worker. This article discusses the topics of “just-cause” for discharge, selected court decisions in the area, and what small business persons can do to protect themselves. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Small Business SAGE

Employment-At-Will: A Legal Area that Merits Attention for the Small Business Person

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 1984 SAGE Publications
ISSN
0363-9428
eISSN
1540-6520
DOI
10.1177/104225878400900108
Publisher site
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Abstract

This article acquaints the small business owner/manager with an area showing signs of being an emerging issue in the 1980s. Traditional common law interpretation held that an employer has the right to discharge workers “at-will.”However, recent court decisions and legislation have begun to change this long-held right. The results of successful employee suits can mean large cash awards to a former discharged worker. This article discusses the topics of “just-cause” for discharge, selected court decisions in the area, and what small business persons can do to protect themselves.

Journal

American Journal of Small BusinessSAGE

Published: Jul 1, 1984

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