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The Manager's Pocket Guide to Employee Relations by Terry L. Fitzwater

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Words to Eliminate

Court rulings indicate that some words imply a contract of continuing employment. I recommend that you do not use them. If you find them in policy and procedure manuals, handbooks, offer letters, etc., eliminate them completely. Here’s a list:

Job security

In today’s business world, there is no such thing. Remember that you are an at will employer.

Guaranteed

Very little is guar anteed. It is best to avoid this word.

Permanent

Replace this word with regular, as in “regular employee” instead of permanent employee.

Long term

Replace with “employment is for no specified period of time.”

Career path

Replace with “eligible for progression.”

Secure

Nothing is secure where there is an at-will relationship. ...

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