Employment at will: options for managers

Fulmer, William E.; Casey, Mary Ann Wallace
May 1990
Executive (19389779);May1990, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p102
Academic Journal
This article explores the concept of "employment at will." In addition to examining recent court decisions on the subject, with special attention to a 1983 court decision that is the most significant ruling to date on the subject, this article also argues for U.S. managers to give up the fight to hang on to the "employment at will" concept and devote energies to dealing with the root causes of poor performances.


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