Q. Our company has an
A. Not in North Carolina. A unilaterally promulgated employee manual, handbook or policy does not create an employment contract. However, in other states, such as South Carolina, an employee handbook can alter the employee at-will relationship.
The best way to protect against creating an inadvertent employment agreement through a handbook is to include a disclaimer in it.
In North Carolina, the disclaimer should state that the employee acknowledges that there is no specific length of employment, that either the employer or the employee can terminate the employment relationship with or without cause at any time, that the handbook is not a contract and that the employee is employed on an at-will basis.