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July 1, 2011

An employer blueprint for how to screw up at-will employment

Promise?photo © 2007 Carmella Fernando | more info (via: Wylio)

In most states, absent a contract of employment, an employee is considered at-will (i.e., he or she can be fired for any reason or no reason at all). Many employers reinforce -- in very prominent locations in employee handbooks -- that their employees are at-will

What happens, however, when an employer later promises an employee that she can take 12 months of leave and then return to her job?

Can the employer later renege and rely upon the at-will employment doctrine as a basis not to reinstate? Or is the employer SOL? Find out, after the jump...

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