Colorado (like nearly every other state) historically has been an “at-will” employment state. That means employers are free to fire an employee, and an employee is free to quit, at any time, with or without cause, and with or without notice. But this fall that could all change.
Ballot Initiative 76 would amend the state constitution to eliminate at-will employment and replace it with a “just-cause” requirement for suspension or termination.
Colorado voters are likely to hear many stories this fall about Initiative 76’s impact. To be able to respond, Colorado’s employers must understand existing laws, how this initiative changes it, and the potential practical consequences of doing so.
Current law: at-will rule
Legally, the at-will rule is simply a default rule that applies only if no contrary law exists. Discrimination statutes are probably the most well-known exceptions. Public policy issues may create exceptio...(register to read more)