What is at-will employment?

At-will employment means that employers are able to terminate a worker at any time, with or without "just cause," as long as termination is not discriminatory.


  • Unless there is a prior contract established between the employer and an individual worker that defines the terms of employment, or the worker belongs to a union or certain types of civil service, most workers are considered at-will.
  • In general, employers may define the specific terms of at-will employment in an employee handbook that new hires must acknowledge when hired.

Zenefits does not provide legal guidance on the terms of employment or termination. Please seek legal counsel for any legal or compliance questions relating to at-will employment or termination.

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