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What is an at-will employment state?

The definition of employment is a bit more complicated than simply getting hired by a company to do a job. You might have heard that Nevada is an “at-will” state in regards to employment. How does this affect you under the terms of your employment?

According to the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, at-will employment means that, under certain conditions, you or your boss can decide to terminate the employment agreement at any time. For example, you might have been working at your new job for a few weeks, when you get your dream job offer from another company and you are asked to start immediately. While it is generally considered good form to give at least two weeks’ notice when leaving a job, you would not be held liable for quitting with no notice in an at-will state – as long as your employment contract does not state a minimum term for you to work for the company or require you to complete a specific job before leaving.

In the same way, if you are a company owner or manager, you would have the right to fire an employee who was not a good fit for the team, with no notice. However, it would be in your best interests to have a good reason for terminating the employee. Otherwise, the employee may retaliate by claiming he or she was discriminated against or otherwise unfairly terminated. You may also have restrictions on terminating certain employees if they belong to a union that your company has recognized. Since employment law may be complex, this information should not substitute for the advice of a lawyer.

John P. Aldrich
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