6. EMPLOYMENT AT WILL

In the comic strip Blondie, Mr. Dithers could fire Dagwood at the least provocation and get away with it. But is that the reality of today’s workplace? Obviously the answer is a resounding “No!” The license by which bosses like Mr. Dithers could, at one time, fire any employee without cause and without due process was backed by the doctrine of employment at will. As the name suggests, this doctrine states that employment is “at the will of the employer.” It has generally survived the times, and appears in some form in most policy manuals (see sample on the following page), but it does not confer the power it once did.

Sample: Employment at Will Statement

The company believes in and adheres to the doctrine of employment ...

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