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How to write a tough, but legal, at-will statement

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Q. We want our employees to know that they don’t have guaranteed employment. Can you provide an example of a tough at-will statement that we can give them? — B.K., Wisconsin

A. Here’s a sample to work with: “Your employment with (the Company) is on an at-will basis. That means that either you or (the Company) may terminate your employment at any time, for any reason or no reason at all, without cause and without notice. Nothing can or should ever be interpreted to modify or change this at-will policy, unless such change is specifically set forth and agreed to in writing, signed by both you and the president of (the company).”

Such a statement will protect you from claims that a supervisor agreed to a different arrangement, or someone else in the company hierarchy made promises that didn’t represent the company’s position.

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