Q. I know some states, such as South Carolina, require employers to insert disclaimers into
A.There is no Georgia law that requires private-sector employers to have an disclaimer to preserve “at will” employment status. On the other hand, in the public sector, certain employee handbook language—combined with the absence of a disclaimer—can alter “at will” status.
In any event, I recommend that all Georgia employers use such disclaimers.
Each year, the Georgia Legislature considers proposed legislation designed to create exceptions to, or otherwise weaken, the state’s at-will employment rule. Using such disclaimers may soon be required to preserve the at-will employment status.
Disclaimers can also help manage employees’ expectations, which in turn can reduce the potential for employment-related disputes.
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