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Make sure employee handbook includes at-will disclaimer

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Retain the right to terminate by ensuring that your handbook and other materials include a clear at-will employment statement.

Recent case: Tracey and David worked as police officers. They sued when they were terminated because of citizen complaints that they had targeted some individuals for harassment and profiling. They alleged they should have had a hearing before they were fired because they had a “property interest” in their jobs.

The court disagreed after reviewing the department handbook, which included a statement explaining that officers were considered at-will employees. It didn’t matter that the department also had provisions for progressive discipline. Their case was dismissed. (Johnson v. City of Shelby, No.15-60511, 5th Cir., 2016)

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