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No ‘career employees’

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In the current climate of downsizing, frequent turnover and free-agent workers, nobody talks about "career employees" anymore. This is actually a good legal practice, say employment law experts.

Terms like "career employee" or "career position" — used in job postings and announcements — imply a promise of long-term employment and potential advancement that employers are usually unwilling to make.

If a "career employee" gets fired or laid off, she can sue for breach of contract. And even if she clearly wasn't performing up to snuff, she may be able to successfully argue — as some disgruntled ex-employees have — that "career employment" meant the employer was obligated to provide training and professional development that might have improved performance. 

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